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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
  1. auriuss
    Aug 11, 2004
    10
    best album of LAMB
  2. BettyB
    Apr 5, 2004
    10
    Give it two days of background listening and all the pretty comments listed above will instantly disolve...
  3. TheOmen
    Feb 25, 2004
    7
    Excellent if somewhat inconsistent...moves further away from their 1st and 2nd albums, but the end result is still pretty awesome. And Lou Robinson is a milf. Expand