BEST KEPT SECRETS
MERCURY RELEASE: JUNE 9,
2004 REVIEW: JULY 7, 2004
oddly-timed "best-of" for
England's strangely riveting Lamb.
You would think that they would have
waited until the band had been around
at least ten years, but no, eight
years will do, apparently.
really do like the DVD which has been
included alongside the standard compilation
album (and it is limited to the first
run of this compilation only, by the
way) for finally putting all of the
band's videos on one disc. From the
unconventional, stark clip for "Cottonwool"
(the song which got them signed, incidentally)
to the mania of my personal favourite
"B-Line", Lamb show us their
unusual take on the world and their
blissful usage of contrast in the
video for "Gabriel" is stunning.
For their last album, they released
a clip for the track "Wonder"
which can only be described as a ringing
endorsement for Valium. Truly, the
world of Lamb is alternately disjointed
and melodic. Somehow, they manage
to seal this atmosphere into their
Now for the downside, if you don't
get the DVD issued with this album
and already own their four albums,
then there is no reason for you to
buy this thing. All tracks are album
tracks, strictly album versions and
seem to showcase the band's more commercial
side. No remixes, no alternate takes
and most maddeningly of all: no non-album
tracks (yes, Lamb's singles do have
B-sides, everyone). This release just
screams contractual obligation and
is recommended only for those who
are not fans.