Lamb - 5
Only available in Australia ! Or at Lamb gigs at the moment.
When Lamb wrapped up their pre-hiatus shows seven years ago, they
left a number of clues pointing to a fully-fledged return sometime in
the future. Even the album they were touring back then, 2003’s
good-but-not-great Between Darkness And Wonder, didn’t appear to have a
sense of finality to it.
Five years later, Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow
re-embraced and resumed their creative partnership with gusto. Following
two triumphant Australian tours (in early 2010 and this February), the
duo have their fifth album proper on their hands – and as far as
comeback efforts go, it’s rather fantastic.
Released down under ahead of
Lamb’s native UK, 5 contains all of the duo’s signature ingredients –
Rhodes’ inimitable, captivating warble, Barlow’s spidery beats, velvety
double bass – along with some expertly-crafted songs. Another Language
opens the LP with a celestial chorus of sampled wine glasses (the sound
Imogen Heap made an artform on Ellipse’s First Train Home); Butterfly
Effect has enough moody atmospherics to please the most demanding fans
and Wise Enough is a sensual slowie set to feature in many bedroom
Three fine solo albums in, Rhodes has become an adept guitar
player; consequently, the propulsive, six-string-led Build A Fire and
the pastoral, melancholic Rounds are respectively Lamb’s rockiest and
folkiest moments to date. The Australian edition’s bonus track – Damien
Rice collaboration Back To Beginning – is arguably the band’s prettiest
tune since 2001’s career-pinnacle Gabriel.
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