The ex-Smith proves his greatness on a spiky live album
London Shepherd's Bush Empire
The combination of mannered voice, tasteful use of breakbeats, keyboard orchestration and the ethos of making everything as palatable as possible remains bunk...
Like any other idea that starts in a boardroom, Louise Rhodes and Andrew Barlow have changed tack with the times. A little live d&b goes a long way, and with a few seasoned session musicians, the time is right for Lamb as a rock'n'roll spectacle. If this sounds frightful, it isn't. But all manner of soul mining on the part of Louise can't quite shoo away cynicism.
'All In Your Hands' is such vintage Manchester dance music, it could have been recorded in the '80s. And Andy's statement that his presence onstage is proof that people can live their dreams isn't to be taken lightly. Yet, the combination of mannered voice, tasteful use of breakbeats, keyboard orchestration and the ethos of making everything as palatable as possible remains bunk. To use a perfectly horrible analogy, it's like getting roast lamb with mint sauce instead of a shish kebab; good for you, but unsatisfying (Eh? - Ed).
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