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In any relationship, difference is the dynamic that makes magic happen. In musical partnerships, it’s often the crucial friction that makes creative sparks fly but, a fraction too much friction, and everything’s likely to go up in smoke.

Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow understand difference more than most. They’re the first to admit that when they got together their ... Read more in Amazon's lamb Store

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Strata
  • ASIN: B004WSX634
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the summer of 2009 Andy Barlow and his longtime friend and musical partner, Lou Rhodes reformed Lamb, the band they started 15 years ago, to play a handful of festival dates. To say the reunion was a success would be a gross understatement.By January of 2010, Lamb had played 33 shows to hundreds of thousands of fans in 29 different countries. A reflective conversation followed, as Lou recalls, 'When Andy said the time feels right to make a new album, I was thinking exactly the same thing and I was rendered speechless. After such a big break and the fact that we'd both gone off and done solo records and tours, he was right: it was the right time.' Over the course of their four critically acclaimed studio albums, Lamb had grown from a modest duo from Manchester to a formidable touring force, with each subsequent album building on the sonic palette of the one that came before. By the time they'd released 2003's 'Between Darkness And Wonder',Lou and Andy were supervising complex orchestral arrangements and multiple cowrites with bassist Jon Thorne and guitarist Oddur Mar Runnarson. If they were going to return to the studio, they'd have to return to the essence of what Lamb was: two creative spirits, hungry, unfettered by commercial pressure and desperate to make new music. Lou and Andy have always had a spirited working relationship often playing the yin to the other's yang, but it's that juxtaposition of kinetic, beat-driven programming and transcendental melody that's provided the crux of their inimitable sound. These days, with more shared life experiences between them, their visions have coalesced. Time has stripped away pretense. Not only has the path ahead been more clearly illuminated, but the gift of hindsight has proven invaluable.Jon Thorne again lends his potent double bass to the mix, and Damien Rice turns in a stunning duet on 'Back To Beginning', but the nucleus of Five is unmistakably Lou & Andy. 'Another Language' begins with a chorus of sampled wine glasses, swelling gently with ethereal strings and staccato bass notes before Lou drops her poetry over skittering, shifty rhythms. Inspired by a character in Colum McCann's novel 'Let The Great World Spin', 'She Walks' is a haunting narrative that throbs with intrigue, while 'Strong The Root' pops and bubbles with a mix of organic beats and slaps of doumbek. 'Takes a tree to make a leaf. Strong the root underneath,' she coos. The lyric could easily stand as a commentary on Lou and Andy's creative reawakening. It was also the first track completed for the album. On 'Existential Itch' Lou exposes a coquettish, playful tone that recalls shades of Fear Of Fours 'B Line', but behind the sharp rimshots, hi-hats and funk synth lies a deeper theme that Lou revisits throughout the album: a restless hunger for something that feels slightly out of reach. 'Perhaps the dreamer has been hitting against the hard knocks of life and come to a place of wondering if she dare dream anymore,' says Lou. 'It all sounds a little dramatic I guess, but it's definitely there and very much a fuel for the writing process on this album.' The sentiment returns on 'Rounds', as Lou's vocals fall like layers of gold dust over a hypnotic, finger-plucked guitar melody. The story comes full circle on Five's closing song, 'The Spectacle'. Supported only by subtle atmospherics and a series of patient piano chords, Lou delivers a parable of self-discovery that speaks volumes about her own journey and she and Andy have embarked upon. 'There s something about the message of that song that resolves the whole album. The idea of struggling to find something that was already ours.Despite the existential grappling that was so much of the process for me, this album was definitely waiting to happen. I truly felt Lamb would come together again when there was something new to say.'

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'...distressed beats, washes of strings, cosmic musings. Elegantly done. --The Observer

'...easily their finest album since that era defining debut' **** --MIxmag

Doyens of the breakbeat, Lamb reconvene with a glorious new album. --Future Music

'...easily their finest album since that era defining debut' **** --MIxmag

Doyens of the breakbeat, Lamb reconvene with a glorious new album. --Future Music

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 14 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm so glad they're back making music togther and what an album, every track on it is fantastic. My stand out tracks are Another language, last night the sky and rounds (which sounds a little like cocteau twins)

Also, you can go directly on to Lambs site and order it form there, at a much lower cost.

Do yourself a favour and purchase this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Green Haze on 16 Jun 2011
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When I first heard this album I did not feel it was perhaps as strong as some of Lamb's other work. The music seemed less intricate and more subtle, certainly less DnB than some of their other offerings. I have now completely reneged on my initial response though; in many respects I actually think this album is one of their strongest. It feels a much more grown up version of previous albums.

As ever, the song order is perfect and takes the listener on a journey. It is not an album I can skip through as I feel I have missed a vital part of the musical development.

Lou Rhodes vocal style is truly unique and the lyrics are very poetic.
Bass heavy 'Butterfly Effect' and 'She Walks' are my favourites, as are the haunting 'build a fire' and the inspiring lyrics of Wise Enough and Another Language are also very beautiful. The collaboration with Damian Rice on Back to Beginning was an unusual but welcome surprise!

It is quite simply some of the best electronica I have ever heard. Buying it you will not leave you disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tangle on 6 Aug 2011
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This is the First Lamb record i have bought, and am very pleased. It is a grower, with some lovely songs. It is difficult to describe but reminds me a bit of Gravenhurst with a Female singer( who has a strong clear voice). I will buy another of their albums and have already recomended it to friends to BUY.
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Stiller.

That's right - Ben Stiller is not on this album.

Adore this album on a 'deep' level and there are even songs that my 10 year old daughter insists I turn up in the car.

INCREDIBLE production, haunting and beautiful vocals and beautiful SONGS which is what its all about!

Geniuseseseses at their best!
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By S Hotson on 3 Jun 2013
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Love Lamb, Love their music. Amazon Downloading is always easy and very safe. Music turns up in iTunes quickly without having to wait any time at all...
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