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Best Kept Secrets: Best of 1996-2004 Import

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Subtitled - The Best Of Lamb 1996-2004. CD/DVD edition of the electronica/dance duo's 2004 compilation includes a bonus DVD (NTSC/Region 0) with seven videos, 'Cotton Wool', 'Gorcki', 'God Bless', 'B Line', 'Gabriel', 'Sweet', & 'Wonder'. Mercury.

1. Cotton Wool
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. Til The Clouds Clear
16. Agelica
17. Cottol Wool (Video)
18. Gorecki (Video)
19. God Bless (Video)
20. B Line (Video)
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B000222XHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Lamb is an outstanding trip-hop band. Come on, admit it -- their music is beautiful, polished and textured, and it's a sign of the world's unfairness that people like Celine Dion outsell them. But I digress. "Best of Lamb 1996-2004: Best Kept Secrets" is a surprisingly good look back on the history of... well, one of electronica's best kept secrets.

A lot of "Best Of" albums stagger under the weight of personal preference -- meaning that the fans keep asking "Where is...? What happened to...? How could they not include...?" I didn't feel that way when listening to these sixteen chronological songs. While most Lamb songs are beautiful, these songs do a good job of showing their evolution from rough trip-hop to smooth, almost jazzy electronica.

The self-titled debut was a mix of the epic and rock-y -- "Cotton Wool" and "God Bless" are superb percussion-pop song with some trip-hop edge. "Best of Lamb" starts off dark, but gets... not exactly light, but more upbeat and less sprawling. One exceptional example is "Bonfire," a passionate, sweeping song that perfectly showcases Louise Rhodes' beautiful vocals.

Their style changed even more later on, moving further from their debut and into the realm of purer trip-hop -- less orchestral, less rock-y. "Gabriel" is a pretty song, and "Angelica" a gentle trip-hop-piano melody. They took that sound even further, and it's reflected in the finale of this album -- the trippy "Stronger" and the airy "Wonder."

It's definitely a good place to investigate if you're a Lamb virgin. If you have all four albums, however, it won't yield much that's new to you. But it's also a pleasant capsule look at their evolution as a band -- they started off sprawling and dark, and have (so far) become much jazzier and airier.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NickAtNite on June 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Despite their dedication to a rabid fanbase and their impressive bounty of exquisite music, Lamb sure can be a hard band to love. After Andy Barlow and Louise Rhodes dropped their sharp, celebrated self-titled debut in 1997, the wait was considerable for 1999's FEAR OF FOURS, and though the shift in sound was different (the organic jazz undertones were pushed to the forefront with the beats mostly secondary), it was a woefully underrated album that I personally feel bested the debut in some ways. In fact, if vocalist Rhodes hadn't somehow morphed from sounding soft and enveloping to sounding like a long-lost member of Alvin and the Chipmunks' sister band the Chipettes, FOF would have been damn near perfect.

Lord knows what precipitated the move towards soft sounds and spackled edges that marred 2001's WHAT SOUND and especially 2003's BETWEEN DARKNESS AND WONDER, but it was probably the band's frequent -- and ultimately fatal -- squabbling that marked the drop-off in songcraft. A recent read of their oft-updated Web site confirms that Lamb is now kaput (although both Barlow and Rhodes are prepping solo material). And so we get a best-of compendium to wrap it all up. It should be a slam dunk. It isn't.

Granted, this is Lamb, and Lamb were superb more often than not. The best moments here -- "Cotton Wool," "Gorecki," "B-Line," "Gabriel" -- are epochal moments that transcend the original tired trip-hop and drum-n-bass tags; although they've never been honoured as such, they're all contributions to dance music in general, and at least as important in legacy as anything by Massive Attack or Moby. There are several other really good songs here, and even at its worst -- namely the BDAW tracks at the end -- BEST KEPT SECRETS is never less than listenable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ramos Haaz on June 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I listened to Lamb for the first time a long time ago (1998-9), for the first and only time I saw their "B-Side" video on MTV. Back then it was one of the coolest things for me, the video and the song. Unfortunately this type of music isn't very popular in Mexico when groups like Portishead, Massive attack and Tricky are practically unnoticed. Since I'm a big fan of their music, I actually own all of the other CDs, but I couldn't resist on buying this one to get the DVD with their videos... Money well-spent
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While walking through the departure lounge of London Heathrow to catch a flight, I heard this beautiful, crystal clear voice set against an ethereal trip hop backdrop. I backtracked and inquired who the artist was and was told it was Lamb.

I decided to get this CD and it is my introduction to Lamb, and a very good one for someone (like me) who was totally unfamiliar with their stuff. There was some stuff that needed repeated plays to get into but well worth it.

Lamb are a trip hop/electronica/drum `n bass duo from the UK, comparable in style to Portishead or Tricky. Their songs are usually musically complicated (`Cotton wool', `Gold', 'God bless', `B Line' for example) but with catchy vocals.

The track that got me, `Gorecki' is a charmer. Other great songs are `Lullaby' (which will NOT send you to sleep, I promise), `Heaven' (lilting song that about takes one there), the beautiful instrumental `Til the clouds clear', the hypnotic sounding `Wonder', `Please' (a gentle ballad sung in a pleading voice), and my favourite, `Gabriel', a lush dramatic number with jazz flourishes, comparing one's lover to the angel Gabriel.

Accompanying each track in the booklet are personal notes on the making of/inspiration behind/etc each track, which I found to be a real treat.

There is an accompanying bonus DVD with 7 videos (6 of which are tracks featured on this CD).
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