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Best Kept Secrets
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Album: Best Kept Secrets
# Song Title   Time
1)    Cotton Wool
2)    God Bless
3)    Gold
4)    Gorecki
5)    Little Things
6)    B Line
7)    Lullaby
8)    Bonfire
9)    Heaven
10)    One
11)    Gabriel
12)    Angelica
13)    Til the Clouds Clear
14)    Wonder
15)    Please
16)    Stronger
 
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Tracks

1. Cottonwool

2. Gold (Original)

3. Gorecki

4. God Bless

5. Little Things

6. B Line

7. Lullaby

8. Bonfire

9. Heaven

10. Gabriel

11. One

12. Stronger

13. Wonder

14. Please

15. Till The Clouds Clear

16. Angelica

Performer Notes
  • Bass-n-drums/trip-hop/pop hybrid Lamb select their finest work for this overview of their first four albums, including tracks from the import-only WHAT SOUND.
  • Personnel: Louis Prima Stan Rhodes (vocals, guitar); Oddur Mar Runarsson, Jimi Goodwin (guitar); Stephanie Bennett (harp); Sarah Liew, Michele Richards, Sara Parkins, Liz Chi Yen Liew, Joel Derouin, Matthew Ward, Duchess Nell Catchpole, Anne Wood, Charlie Bisharat (violin); David Campbell , John Rayson, Helen Kamminga, Bob Becker (viola); Cathy Rimer, Kathryn Locke, Tanera Dawkins, Larry Corbett (cello); London Session Orchestra (strings); Mac Robertson (piano); Graham Massey (vibraphone); Paddy Steer, John Thorne, Allan Gibson (double bass); Nicolaj Bjerre (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Ali Staton; Alden Love; Jim Abbiss; Gavyn Wright.
  • Liner Note Authors: Louis Prima Stan Rhodes; Andy Barlow.
  • Lamb got tagged as trip-hop when its first album came out in 1997, but as the early songs on this compilation attest, the Manchester duo was actually closer to drum-and-bass or jazz-inspired jungle than the more dub-blunted beats of contemporaries Tricky, Massive Attack, and Portishead. Defined by the go-for-broke vocals of Louise Rhodes and the icicles-down-the-spine electric stand-up bass of Andrew Barlow, Lamb is really in its own world.
  • "Cotton Wool" features almost abstract jungle-beat sputtering, while "Gorecki" brings in sweeping synths, piano, and tablas to lift Rhodes's vocals towards a transcendent spiritual rush (a la peak Moby). As this disc moves chronologically through Lamb's catalogue, one finds the balance slowly swinging away from tingly drum-and-bass freak-outs ("Little Things" and "B Line") towards more string-infused balladry ("Bonfire" and "Lullaby"). By the time BEST KEPT SECRETS gets to "Gabriel" and "Stronger," Lamb's sound has grown smooth and seductive enough to be ready for late-night FM radio, while losing none of its underground trip-hop edge.
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