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What Sound [Bonus CD ROM]
     

What Sound [Bonus CD ROM]

by Lamb
 

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Still one of the most inventive groups in electronica, Lamb continued pushing the boundaries of singer/songwriter drum'n'bass three albums in, and also came to grips with a few of the growing pains of their sophomore album. Even while Andy Barlow's productions again set a gold standard for ambitious, evocative, intelligent accompaniment, Louise Rhodes' vocals have

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Still one of the most inventive groups in electronica, Lamb continued pushing the boundaries of singer/songwriter drum'n'bass three albums in, and also came to grips with a few of the growing pains of their sophomore album. Even while Andy Barlow's productions again set a gold standard for ambitious, evocative, intelligent accompaniment, Louise Rhodes' vocals have improved noticeably since the occasionally over-reaching Fear of Fours. Yes, her crying, confessional style of delivery can still wear (especially for a genre never overly enthusiastic about vocals to begin with), but she's obviously gained in control without sacrificing intensity. The opener, "What Sound," begins with a set of tender love lyrics, gradually expanding with orchestral strings and Barlow's tight, stop-time production. The paranoid breaks of "One" give way to a downright extroverted performance on "Sweet," though Rhodes saves her most pained vocals for the very next track, "I Cry." Barlow scorches on the Chemicals-style breaks and furious turntablism of "Scratch Bass," but then comes right back with a pair of beautiful ballads directed inwards. He's also unafraid to keep the backing (relatively) simple, even on the single "Gabriel." It's clear that every beat, every effect has been labored over, but thankfully that impression is an unconscious one. Another nice touch: the admirably low-profile appearances by excellent musicians like Arto Lindsay on guitar, Me'Shell NdegéOcello on bass, and Michael Franti on vocals. If there were any doubters about Lamb being the brightest, most talented singer/producer combo in electronica, What Sound is all the argument needed to the contrary.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
Label:
Polygram Int'l
UPC:
0731458643425
catalogNumber:
586434

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Performance Credits

Lamb   Primary Artist
Arto Lindsay   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Vega   scratching
Michael Franti   Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Mike "Hitman" Wilson   Drums
Jimi Goodwin   Guitar
Oddur Mar Runarsson   Acoustic Guitar
Jan Linnik   Beat Box,Beatbox
Ned "Egg" Scott   Keyboards
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Arto Lindsay   Engineer
Guy Sigsworth   Arranger,Producer,Bass Programming
Gavyn Wright   String Contractor
Kruder & Dorfmeister   Producer,Remixing
Lamb   Producer
Josephine Taylor   Contributor
Adam Brown   Engineer
Louise Rhodes   Composer
Zanna   Sleeve Photo
Ian Carmichael   Pro-Tools
Andy Barlow   Composer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Albert Pinheiro   Engineer
James Loughrey   Pro-Tools
Andy Votel   Producer,Remixing
Eric Dyba   Engineer
Chris Bolster   Engineer
Amy Biggins   Contributor
Sam Biggins   Contributor
Wesley Etienne   Contributor
Benjamin McKone   Contributor
James McKone   Contributor
Imani Robinson   Contributor
Safiya Robinson   Contributor
Wil Malone   String Arrangements,String Conductor

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