(A&M AMLH 68555)
think I'm falling in love again.
Maybe I've been a little bit in love with very girl singer
I've ever listened to - From Cilla Black and Sandie Shaw
to Keren of Bananarama and Patti Palladin. Annabel Lamb is
a blind date, yet already I know from repeated plays of "Once
bitten" that she's a soft, sensual seductress.
a voice that drips with honey-coated tenderness over a crushed
heart of bitter experience, she transcends the accepted limits
of female vocalists and instead (like Grace Jones, like Marianne
Faithfull) she immerses herself in the emotions of her music.
song such as "Take me in your arms" evokes a wistful
melancholy desire for love and lust that far outstrips the
trite limits of a "love song". It aches for physical
reassurance, throbs with a need for warmth and affection,
yet has an indefinable romantic quality of sheer pleasure
through the fantasy longings of the lyric.
There's a tremendous human frailty at work here; the sympathetic,
supportive understanding of lovers' failures and regrets:
not in any slushy, over-sentimental manner - sure, there's
a lot of sentiment, which is a different thing altogether
- but with the cold, steely-eyed logic of one so shattered
by betrayal that tears are a thing of the past.
The blue-hued sleeve starts the muted mood that is somehow
articulated more poignantly by the wailing saxophone on "Dividing
the spoils of love" than even by that song's explanation
that "it's too late now, I'll be leaving soon, I can
hear the car, All these rooms seem strange to me."
truth, with her weary down-trodden desire for love in danger
of being smothered by continual dismay and distrust, Annabel
Lamb shares more with Ellen Burstyn in alice Doesn't live
here any more than with any other pretty young torch chanteuse.
amidst such reflective mournful material - and the quality
of her song-writing is wonderfully strong- Annabel retains
and unbowed spirit that boasts both the rough edges that make
Grace Jones such an exciting interpreter of emotions and the
smooth sensuality that Annie Lennox brings to the Eurythmics'
With songs like hypnotic instrumental "Snake Pliskin"
and "Backwards through the looking glass", Annabel
Lamb is a talent to be cherished. And loved.