专辑名称：Best of Lamb 1996-2004: Best Kept Secrets
发行日期：July 13, 2004
音乐流派：Drum & Bass/Trip-Hop
来自英国曼彻斯特的双人乐队Lamb在Trip-Hop音乐中有着自己十分独特的声音，他们是下面照片中那两个带有浓郁乡土气息的年轻人——Andy Barlow是个擅长Drum & Bass音乐的怪才，坚持不做流行音乐，自称总会在Lou以爱为主题的歌曲中加入些黑暗的元素，让他们的声音不那么可爱；而歌手Lou Robinson坚信好的音乐是永恒的，这也是他们为数不多的共同点之一。事实上两个人有很多矛盾不和谐的地方，在媒体面前也常常互不认同，但这并不妨碍他们的音乐创作，反而使他们的声音在冲突中更加鲜明。（详见下文乐队介绍）
从前总认为'Drum & Bass'是一种很生硬的音乐，直到听了Lamb的这张专辑才理解它的魅力所在——可以低沉厚重，可以跳跃欢快；甚至模拟自然界的各种奇异声响，展现节奏变化的无穷可能性。
这张专辑包括了他们四张录音室专辑中的一些代表作，比如Drum & Bass的经典‘Cotton Wool’。不过对于这样一个乐队只听精选是远远不够的，他们首张同名专辑被认为超越Portishead的成功之作。（虽然本人很厌倦这种比较，他们的风格有很大不同）
Best Kept Secrets, a collection of songs from Lamb's first four records, is a reminder of how exhilarating and shockingly modern their music can be. It's also a crash course on the band's precarious balancing act. When they're in sync, the somber torch singing of Louise Rhodes and the twisted proto-jungle of producer Andrew Barlow make for a delicious combination. The band's self-titled debut trumped contemporaries like Portishead, who built songs around the vocals, while Barlow and Rhodes worked on playing up their stylistic contrasts. It's a tough dynamic to maintain though, as later records like Fear of Fours and especially 2003's Between Darkness and Wonder don't quite get the formula right. Laid out in chronological order, Secrets is just like the band's career to this point: It starts off great, but tails off at the end. This being a "best of," however, you notice it less. "B Line" off Fours, for instance, sounds just fine coming after new classics like "Cotton Wool," and even though tracks like "Angelica" are almost painfully safe, they still kick up a nice ruckus. --Matthew Cooke
1. Cotton wool
2. God bless
5. Little Things
6. B line
13. Til The Clouds Clear
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Lamb formed in Manchester in 1995 and were signed almost immediately afterwards by Skint recordson the strength of a brilliant two song demo. Studio wizard Andy Barlow and his singer Lou Rhodes found themselves making their debut album Lamb?before they really got to know each other!The relationship between the pair began as anything but smooth, both highly opinionated they often found themselves in arguments, especially in interviews where heated comments and conflicting views often shot over the table. But as musicians they made an outstanding duo. Lou remains a defender of the song above all else and says that a good song is timeless. Andy readily admits: "When Lamb started I thought I didn't want to make pop music. Lou would be writing these love songs, but I'd be trying to make something dark, almost unloving."
But when the Lamb LP was released in 1996 the conflict was turned into beauty, it trashed the rulebook and invented a whole new style, which other groups are still trying unsuccessfully to copy. After the release of the debut album Lamb they took an 18 month tour which was responsible for helping to secure Andy and Lou's partnership both personally and musically. After this tour they were both itching to get back into the studio to record their second album.
Back in Manchester in spring 1998 Lou gave birth to a baby boy who she named Reuben, which totally altered the atmosphere in the studio."Although it does put a lot of demands on me and my energy," she says now, "it changes your view on life totally. In some ways it's mellowed me out, but it makes everything more intense - the peaks and troughs - and it makes you realise you're a lot more mortal than you thought. It's a great leveller."
"I think writing an album is as close as a guy's going to get to having a kid," adds Andy. "All the time you can feel yourself changing but it's not actually until the end of it, when you can listen to the whole lot, you can see what it is you've created." The second album Fear of Fours was recorded over a nine month period and reflects the trust that has grown between Lou and Andy, they even started agreeing more! In the song it features the unborn heartbeat of Reuben which adds to the eerie side of the album.Typical Lamb. They have to do things differently. That difficult second album often brings out the kind of internal wrangles and heartache that are the undoing of many a band. But not Lamb. They'd been there and done that all already. Fear of Fours is a unique approach to music and a change from the heated first album but still with the Lamb individuality.
"Even though were constantly battling, the last album sounded placid," Andy concludes, "Deep, but very still on the surface. This one's certainly got bigger breakers on it. You'll be swimming around quite peacefully, then a giant wave will just take you out."