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What Sound [Bonus CD ROM]

  • 1. What Sound
    2. One
    3. Sweet
    4. I Cry
    5. Scratch Bass
    6. Heaven
    7. Small
    8. Gabriel
    9. Sweeheart
    10. Just Is
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 586434

  • Credits
    ProducerGuy Sigsworth; Kruder & Dorfmeister; Lamb; Andy Votel
    EngineerChris Bolster; Albert Pinheiro; Eric Dyba; Adam Brown; Andy Barlow; Arto Lindsay

    Personnel: Michael Franti (vocals); Arto Lindsay (guitar, electric guitar); Jimi Goodwin (guitar); Oddur Mar Runarsson (acoustic guitar); The London Session Orchestra (strings); Ned "Egg" Scott (keyboards); Mike "Hitman" Wilson (drums); Guy Sigsworth (bass programming); Tony Vega (scratches).
    Audio Mixers: Jeff Knowler; Simon Changer; Dave Bascombe; Andy Barlow.
    Audio Remixers: Kruder & Dorfmeister; Andy Votel.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Hyde St Studios, San Francisco, CA; Kampo studios, New York, NY; Konk Studios, London, England; The Toy Shop, Manchester, England; Toy II, London, England; Toyshop, Manchester, England.
    Editor: Gavyn Wright.
    Photographers: Andy Carne; Zanna; Louise Rhodes; Andy Barlow.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Safiya Robinson; Imani Robinson; Wesley Etienne; James McKone; Sam Biggins; Josephine Taylor; Benjamin McKone; Amy Biggins.
    Arranger: Guy Sigsworth.
    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 NdegOcello 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. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (11/01, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Lamb remain the unacknowledged masters of the studio beat and brooding atmospherica. Especially here..."
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