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What Sound [CD]

lamb Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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 (8 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00005QF37
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What Sound
2. One
3. Sweet
4. I Cry
5. Scratch Bass
6. Heaven
7. Small
8. Written
9. Gabriel
10. Sweetheart
11. Just Is
12. Enhanced CD Rom - Includes 'Gabriel' video and exclusive live performances of 'Cotton Wool' and 'Little Things'

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LAMB continues - and gets better 29 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Following a tour in Portugal, LAMB decided to call it a day. Citing the very definite personal differences between them, Andy and Lou chose to split up - and promptly got back together again to produce "What Sound", described by Lou as a 'heart album' as opposed to the 'head album' that is it's predecessor, "Fear of Fours". Now with a permanent band behind them (Oddur, Jon and Nikolaj), LAMB have produced an almost painfully poignant, emotions-driven and organic album, with the trademark vast, often unpredictable range of vocal and instrumental styles. Lou's Zen spitituality can be seen most powerfully in 'Small', while Andy dons his Hipoptimist cap for the instrumental 'Scratch Bass'. With the third album typically very difficult for most artists, "What Sound" breaks the mould: it is not merely a successor in Lamb's previous works; it continues their quest to constantly modify themselves and explore new musical possibilities.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, moving, but way overdue ! 25 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If the price we pay for quality and originality
is sparcity of releases then we have to accept it from Lamb and anybody else. Of their three albums this is the easiest to get into and is definitely the most 'up'. I doubt that it will have the durability of their debut but nearly everything on 'What Sound' has merit, including three
especially beautiful tracks 'Heaven', 'Gabriel' and the title song. I can't say I particularly like the child oriented 'Small', but Andy Barlow
really gets off on 'Scratch Bass'. I think Lamb now have an output comparable to Massive Attack with only a small proportion of their recognition.
Go out and discover Lamb if you haven't already !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of time and distance 13 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A very good album, almost like a mix of portishead, massive attack and morcheeba, but with a very melancholic feel and a smooth but solid bass. There are two tracks that really hit the spot for me. "I cry" is an incredible, truly incredible, song of what I guess you coud call the "human condition" - Love, Longing, Pain and the Optimism of Redemption all thrown into a songs lyrics :
Some people turn to pills and things
to help them through the day
to take them up or down or just
to ease the blues away
By me I really want to feel
The ups and downs of life so real ..."
The other track that kicks, in the extreme sense is "Gabriel". I've not heard anything of this calibre in years. It reminds me of a quote from the Will Gibson book "Count Zero":
"Are you sad ?"
"But your ... Your songs are sad ..."
"My songs are of time and distance. The sadness is in you. Watch my arms. There is only the dance ..."
Gabriel just has that feel. It's not sad, but listening to it imbues a sense of longing that's almost sadness. I'm not sure I can explain it. Go listen to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful first disc, worthwhile second disc 22 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first disc containing the album "What Sound" itself more than justifies two-thirds of the asking price for this 2-disc set. The eponymous first track starts the album off on a chillingly beautiful note with Lou's distinctive voice showcased with a backing of delicate strings complimented by an infectious rhythm section which remains fairly restrained compared to Lamb's previous standards. In fact the music of this album remains relatively restrained throughout (with the exception of the instrumental Scratch Bass) but is always effective, seeming as if the relationship between Andy's musicianship and Louise's voice has started to reach a natural and perfect balance. On this album Lamb's sound is at its best at its most stripped down, most obviously so on the stunning single "Gabriel" and to a lesser extent on the closer "Just Is". Perhaps still not living up to the best moments of their debut nor as consistent this is an improvement on the rather patchy and sometimes overly-emoted "Fear of Fours". It is also worth pointing out that the first disc of this version is missing the track "Written" from the non-import enhanced version.
However, if you're looking at this item chances are you're planning on buying the album itself anyway (or perhaps already own it) and the question is whether the second disc makes this a worthwhile purchase compared to the cheaper normal version. The remixes present here are of varying quality, my personal highlights being the Kruder and Dorfmeister session mix of "Trans Fatty Acid" which somehow maintains the brooding atmosphere of the original while giving it an almost lounge-jazzesque make-over and a somewhat fun-yet-sinister reworking of "B.Line".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Brilliant album; from the intro to "what sound" it absolutely hits the spot as a brilliant melancholic D&B (sort of like Portishead, but more D&B and less melancholic) album. But then you hear tracks like "I Cry" (I almost cried when I heard Lamb play this live - the raw emotion was just SO THERE, but the album version is pretty good too - especially when the bass kicks in), that really break the mould of D&B and hit you with lyrics that really sting. Then, for a break, there's stuff like the incredible "Sweetheart" - a class bit of old school D&B if ever there was one.
Finally, there's "Gabriel". Unbelievable. "I can fly, but I want his wings. I can shine, even in the darkness, but I crave the light that he brings. Revel in the songs that he sings. My Angel Gabriel". Just - pure emotional territory, and effing well done too. The chorus hits with an incredible wave of feeling.
Basically, this album shows what Lamb are really capable of (their other albums have been "good - but no cigar"). Portishead and Massive Attack were cool in their day, but now they've met their match.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this album!
I first heard of Lamb, in my beloved TV show Six Feet Under. "Heaven" was used in season 2 promo and premiere. I loved the song even more to get the entire album. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by Kaan Sensoy
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Lamb!
This is my fave Lamb CD - varied & not too drum & bass. If you like to get down to some serious bass then "Scratch bass" should not disappoint. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by Mr. P. A. Busby
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THAT SOUND
utterly utterly beautiful i bough this album on a whim after hearing a tune at a party and thinking why the hell not. Read more
Published on 21 July 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the debut album.
When I first heard Lamb on their eponimous debut, I was blown away. The second album was good, but nowhere near as good as the 1st. And this 3rd one is more of the same. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2001 by O. Southwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Lamb to the slaughter?
There's been a lot of talk in the Lamb camp over the years of creative fiction and its' part in the genesis of the Lamb sound. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2001 by Tribeka
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but Beautiful
I am a huge fan of Lamb. The self-titled debut came out of nowhere and brought a perfect marriage between bristling drum beats and that beautiful voice. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of those rare 'must have' albums
This is a beautiful album. From start to finish every track is thoughful and moving. Although the sound is slightly diferent, the emotions stirred by the music reminds me of the... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars deserves to be acknowledged
Having now relocated from Bristol to London, Lamb have found a fresh sound that makes this (their third album) the best to date. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2001
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