Fear of Fours

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Lamb / 电子 / 1999-07

唱片简介

lamb由一队夫妻档组成,妻子Louise Rhodes 和丈夫 Andy Barlow。和许多乐队一样,妻子主要承担VOCAL的角色,而丈夫则主要摆弄一些器材,研究曲式的框架和如何弄出许多有意思的节拍与鼓击来。
Louise Rhodes 绝对不承认自己只是一个简单的vocal角色,她的嗓音特点绝对不是那种所谓的飘渺,而她的特色是多变,在转音和拖音上都常常一波三折。并且由她自己做词自己演绎。
其实lamb的音乐成分占比重更大的应该是Drum&Bass,搞不懂怎么会被归类为trip hop的。难道是女主音Louise Rhodes 鬼魅的唱腔还是其鼓机?可明明是典型的Drum&Bass玩法啊。
犹记得初邂逅到Lamb这队来自英国曼彻斯特市的二人组合时,早已对他们为之另眼相看。纵使在那个年头里,传媒与乐迷们只会短视地把他俩视为那群「后Portishead组合」抑或「Drum\'n\'Bass版本的Portishead」看待。但只要当你深入认识过Lamb的音乐的时候,便会洞悉二人能令人趋之若鹜之处,是所带来的音乐已不独停留着聆听的层面;在聆听之余亦能让人有思考与联想的余地,让人可作象征性的比喻。这才是最难能可贵的音乐艺术。
自己曾在两年前把Lamb的两位成员AndyBarlow和LouRhodes比喻为「茫然和苦恼的现代阿当与夏娃」,这是我看过二人的宣传照片与听到他们的首张同名专集时所作的联想。从事时装摄影师出身的Lou,本身已对视觉美学特别讲究。就Lamb在多年来的宣传照片而言,可见他们往往喜欢以大自然作取景,那就彷佛是这对阿当与夏娃在追寻回他们心目中的伊甸园般;然而二人所流露出的懊恼神情,却似是在徘徊于善恶的彼岸下重新面对这个美丽乐园时所泛起的不安情绪;又抑或这根本是反映出他们的避世意图。在背后你可有看到他们的一份自省性吗?
Lamb的音乐,往往是流露出一种对生命发出苦恼且惶恐的情绪,正如他们的第二张专集,亦定名为FearOfFours。
While their debut was practically a revolution in the development of a satisfactory fusion of singer/songwriter vocals and drum'n'bass, Lamb's second album sets the bar much higher. As on the band's debut,
Andy Barlow proves he's one of the most capable and inventive producers in the electronic community.
He also still sounds inspired by the fiery side of bop as well as more muted chamber music,
from the dexterous synthetic bass and intricate drum programs on "Little Things" to the restrained beats and orchestral tug of "All in Your Hands" and "Bonfire."
Similar to the rather deflated return of Portishead in 1997, though,
Fear of Fours suffers from Louise Rhodes' tendencies to play up her voice as a torch diva,
overemoting and often coming off as girlish or whiny on many tracks. Thank goodness, then,
for lengthy instrumentals like "Ear Parcel,"
which begins with the pastoral sounds of twinkling bells and croaking frogs but later whips up a few frenzied breakbeats as a bed for a sampled trumpet solo.

Fear of Fours的曲目列表

1. Soft Mistake
2. Little Things
3. B Line
4. Untitled
5. All In Your Hands
6. Less Than Two
7. Bonfire
8. Ear Parcel
9. Softly
10. Here
11. Fly
12. Alien
13. Five
14. Lullaby
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