Lady Lamb - After
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2015 Ratings: #105 / 771
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2015 Ratings: #85
March 3, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

Lady Lamb is a novelty in the flesh. It’s only Spaltro’s second time trying out the loftiness of a studio album, but After pushes her to refine and redesign with grace.

88
Paste

On After, Spaltro shines as a songwriter who doesn’t shy away from pairing her prose with out-there arrangements. 

85
The 405
She lives inside her songs, creating these pulsating, breathing vessels for her fraught and restless spirit. And for anyone willing to stick around long enough to listen, they are richly and endlessly rewarding.
80
AllMusic

Lady Lamb is playful without being silly, serious without weighing down her music, and impressionistic without being oblique; she can express herself and make her music work in the studio without seeming pretentious or gazing into her navel.

80
PopMatters

Lady Lamb’s After is a life-loving, life-affirming treasure. Twelve songs of innocence and experience from beyond the realm of the senses.

80
No Ripcord

As Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Spaltro feels like she’s still developing her craft as a songwriter. Her homemade, casual approach, combined with her off-kilter way with words and melodies, make her one of the most original voices to come out of this decade.

74
Pitchfork

There are plenty of startling moments full of guts and gristle in Lady Lamb's dense lyrics, and then there are the moments when she wanders.

70
Rolling Stone
As Lady Lamb, 25-year-old Maine native Aly Spaltro spins heavy psychedelic tales that blur the borders between reality, dream and nightmare.
70
NME

‘After’ is personified by her ragged, powerful voice, under which she picks, thrashes and strums riffs that mostly sound just as full of character.

60
Drowned in Sound

Its flavour of free association – both lyrically and musically – is a great strength to its high spots, but can leave passages feeling ungrounded or directionless. The songs can feel swift, but the whole album certainly feels like its hour.

You'reSoBaby
100
The work of a genius. I'm literally stunned by a lot of these songs.
92
so so smart and well written unlike this review
WildChameleon
85
After is a really creative album. There are some of the best lyrics in an indie folk contemporary album. Instrumentally, she kicks some ass but sometimes she is a little too gentle. The alternance of some ok tracks to amazing ones is the reason why I don't increase more the rate.
But the highlights are too good to not being mentioned.
Midline
88
Underrated and overlooked. Honest, gripping and palpable songwriting with some really great vocals.
77
Among the many young artists mining the DIY vein of indie rock, Lady Lamb stands out as one of the most likable and original of the bunch. Her songs tend to start as acoustic musings that suddenly transform into some of the more visceral rock moments of the year, juxtaposing an introspective streak with some giddy and irresistible hooks. "After" errs slightly on the long side as a result of her tendency to wander and keep strumming after seemingly satisfactory conclusions, but even ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#10/Newsweek
#20/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Vena Cava
  2. Billions of Eyes
  3. Violet Clementine
  4. Heretic
  5. Sunday Shoes
  6. Spat Our Spit
  7. Penny Licks
  8. Dear Arkansas Daughter
  9. Milk Duds
  10. Ten
  11. Batter
  12. Atlas
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