Lou Rhodes

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Review by Caspar Walsh

Totnes, Devon, 28.12.12

Since the inception of hypnotic trip-hop Manchester band Lamb in the mid-90s, I’ve spent many hours mesmerised by the mix of otherworldly vocals from lead singer Lou Rhodes. So when I heard she was performing an acoustic gig in my home town in Devon, there was no question that I would be there.

The room was packed and the lights low as Rhodes confessed to being more nervous performing acoustically in the small town venue of St John’s Baptist Church in Totnes than at the large venues she has performed at with Lamb’s full lineup. But the nerves never showed. She moved seamlessly through old and new tracks and the room was clearly rapt. I was particularly struck by her cover of The xx’s Angels, where she gave the well-worn lyrics a new lease of life.

What is most striking about Rhodes is her grace and generosity. She is clearly in love with music – the air in the hall was thick with it – and the quality of her sound and confidence shone through. I suspect we will be hearing from her for many years to come.

Lou Rhodes’ latest album, One Good Thing, is available from www.lourhodes.com and all major online retailers.