5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
34 minutes in length approximately. The sound is clean and immediate,with the vocals and instrumentation clearly defined. The booklet lists lyrics,and musicians on each track. But like the previous album-a good magnifying glass is needed to read any of the notes.
LAMB (Bob Swanson-guitars and Barbara Mauritz-vocals) have matured even more since their last album ("Cross Between"),and their combination of Mauritz' heady vocals and the instrumental backing have been refined even more. Incorporating elements of jazz,country,gospel,folk,and a bit of rock into their trademark unique sound,LAMB have produced some of their finest music on this release.
Mauritz' voice is capable of singing any of the above genres of music,plus she has the ability to blend these genres into a seamless,riveting sound all her own. The various musicians form a platform for Mauritz to step out and go in any direction she chooses. The use of electric bass and guitar,along with drums has added a punch to the music,which gives added weight to Mauritz' visceral,immediate sounding vocals. The song tempos range from slow and atmospheric to up-tempo,powerful tunes-all with Mauritz using her voice as a true lead instrument. She has matured as a singer,and several of these tracks contain some of her most powerful and emotive singing. She sounds even more comfortable with her voice on these tracks,and how effective it's become,even compared to the group's previous releases.
Of the three albums recorded by LAMB,this is arguably their finest recording. The confidence heard in Mauritz' voice is clearly evident. The instrumental backing,too,has matured (even though Swanson does not play on several tracks),and the arrangements sound effortless on this album. Listening to all three albums,the growth,the maturity,and the focus of the group's approach to their songs comes to a culmination on this album. But all three albums have something to offer those willing to listen. Their music takes effort but the rewards are many. Hopefully more people will hear LAMB and be drawn in,into this wonderful music. LAMB still has the capacity to captivate listeners after all these years. Much like when these albums were originally released (and I luckily heard them live) way back in that musically (and otherwise) exciting,fertile era. Their idiosyncratic sound is far and away different from other groups-no matter what era. Listen and hear why.
on April 26, 2015
I think this was a fairly underrated record in it's day. It didn't sell very well, anyway. However, it's a very good example of original music from the San Francisco scene at the turn of the seventies. The upbeat songs and soulful vocals accompanied by gospel tinged arrangements make for exciting listening, but this record is a bit uneven. It sounds like they were pretty much on their own in the studio. Still, the disc has several high points, especially River Boulevard which is a classic. I very much enjoy it, as I'm sure others will.
Barbara Mauritz was a criminally overlooked singer and song writer, and it's my understanding that neither she or her family have ever made a dime from her records due to record company shenanigans. I highly recommend everything she released which, to my knowledge, isn't very much - three records with Lamb and one under her own name.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
This is not the same Lamb (Andrew Barlow and Lou Rhodes out of Manchester England) of the hit Gabriel, Gorecki and Cottonwool.
Though disappointed and feeling foolish that I didn't know this was not from the duo (I thought there were industry rules that prevented bands using the same same with the same exact spelling); the music is good and I will give it a second or more listen