In the wake of Portishead's trip-hoppy 'electronic beats and woman's voice' musical styling, oodles of bands either have attempted to duplicate their moody noir and have failed miserably - or have taken it as a starting point and added their own twist quite effectively. Morcheeba tweaked the genre by subtracting the dark smoky airs, and actually sounded a bit upbeat. Attica Blues injected soul and jazzy bits. Esthero oozed into lounge.
Lamb manages to sound at once both more and less organic than their trip hop peers. With the exception of Portishead, they use quite a bit more live instrumentation - principally brass and strings, including a substantial amount of tasty upright bass work - which reminds you that though there's a lot of electronic stuff going on, this is music actually performed by flesh and blood people. Tempering that are the rollickingly aggressive drum n bass beats flailing in front of an otherwise swooning horn or swooping string bit. Throw in lead vocalist L.Rhodes's steely voice, and the end result wander somewhere between smoky jazz and gravely agitated unease.
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