Album Review: LAL – ‘LAL’

February 20, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Sounding like a late entry into the 90s Bristolian and latterly UK-wide explosion of the genre sadly named trip hop, LAL are replete with ideas. That these ideas do not always translate into a whole conducive to enjoyment is not enough to condemn this record to total obscurity. However the fact that later tracks like ‘Our Protection’ wander off into sub Tricky B-side territory, and ‘Live Your Light’ is full of banal observations, indicate a record in danger of completely losing its way. All in all there are some nice moments here but one can’t shake a feeling akin to being buttonholed by a verbose stoner as this record meanders to a conclusion.