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wonderful first disc, worthwhile second disc,
This review is from: What Sound (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". The "God Bless" remix, however, seems a bit like knob twiddling for the sake of knob twiddling and chances are you already own the Filia Brazilia mix of "Cottonwool" as the bonus track from the first Lamb album. The live tracks are good quality and evident of their wonderful shows, with both "Gorecki" and "Bonfire" beautifully performed. The inclusion of "Sweet" and "Sweetheart" in favour of any one of the stronger tracks from either "What Sound" or their previous albums is a bit of a shame though. In addition, any person who has attended a Lamb live show will realise that the whole experience simply can't be caught on CD, despite the good sound quality captured on this disc. In short, a bit of a mixed bag as far as the second disc is concerned. I'm very happy having dished out a bit extra for this import version to own the extra tracks but whether you want to shell-out £20 for it or not is entirely up to you.