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  • Summary: The English trip-hop outfit led by vocalist Louise Robinson (nee Rhodes) and producer Andy Barlow return for a fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. They remain beautifully true to form. [Listen 2 This supplement, Feb 2004, p.16]
  2. Previous albums threatened to impress but always came with bits missing. This is the finished article. [Dec 2003, p.130]
  3. 80
    Lamb offer the perfect antidote to all manner of vapid pop-cultural vomitus without sounding pretentious or preachy. [Dec 2003, p.118]
  4. Given Lamb's heady back catalogue, some may dismiss this album as digestible trip-pop free of synthetic intricacies and sonic meanderings.... [But] it's the first to harness 100% of their talent as a band.
  5. Andy Barlow's productions have been defanged; no longer surprising and innovative, they exist as merely proper frameworks for the songs.
  6. 50
    The fractious tension producer [Barlow] normally whips up to counter [Rhodes] is almost completely absent, thus allowing the run of tracks to discreetly slide off into the background. [Mar 2004, p.110]
  7. The beats are intricate but ineffectual, the songwriting is thin and every song is enveloped in a suffocating orchestral shroud.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3