Lou Rhodes's third solo album is also her first collaboration with Andy Barlow, her former partner in electronica duo Lamb, since they drifted apart in 2004. But anyone expecting a deviation from Rhodes's Nick Drake-influenced singer-songwriter path should forget it. As co-producer, Barlow's touch is felt not in electronic trickery but acoustic effects: the resonantly clanging guitar chords in It All; the shattering climax to Circles.
It’s kind of strange to listen to the voice of one-time UK trip-hop chanteuse Lou Rhodes without her fellow partner in Lamb, Andy Barlow, and his static boom-bap throbbing in the background. But Lou seems to truly feel comfortable in her modern-day role as a girlie singer-songwriter type with a jones for classic Nick Drake. So much so that not even the return of Mr.
A single-toned album that does little to differentiate its maker from many peers. Martin Longley 2010 Last year's Lamb reunion at The Big Chill festival created an atmosphere of potent nostalgia, and a feeling that this Manchester electro-duo provides the optimum setting for the high-arcing voice of Lou Rhodes. Without wanting to appear resistant to change, there is a sense that Rhodes as a solo singer-songwriter is exposing only a single facet of the being that her old audience knows so well.