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It's been quite a journey for Jamie Lidell since 2005's Multiply. We've seen him take center stage as a soulful crooner on Jim, only to almost drop that act entirely while finding new energy in the texturally heavy avant-songwriting journey of 2010's Compass. Here, on his appropriately self-titled fifth album, Lidell turns inward and references his artistic roots. The raw funkiness and wild synth jabs of Parliament's "Flashlight" can be heard on "You Know My Name," while the rolling "Big Love" plays like a driving Bobby Brown single. Fans of Lidell's more experimental work will find something to latch onto in the potent, gritty "What a Shame" and the sultry, post–Tom Waits "Why Ya Why." Jamie Lidell is as funky and as at-home as ever on this record. He's come full circle over the last decade and is all the better for it.

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Party like it's 1985!

This is an explosion of synths - it's like a darker version of the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack as re-imagined by Prince and George Clinton. It is very, very funky.....if you're a Jamie fan that followed him through "Compass", you'll probably love this - it's more accessible and up-tempo than Compass, but still goes in some odd directions, with some songs ending very differently than they begin. If you're only a fan of Jamie's neo-soul work on Multiply and Jim - this album probably isn't for you.

A natural evolution of Lidell's sound on his self-titled 4th LP.

A fantastic album from Mr. Lidell. Sonically funky, multi-layered and complex--and the beatboxing! Can't wait to see him live!

Lidell Delivers Another Keeper

With all the 80's inflections and nuances (check the intro on "I'm Selfish" and notice Madonna-esque dream synth line), it's hard to believe this album came out in the 21st century. If you sequence "Big Love" after Stevie Wonder's "Love Light in Flight", you'd swear they were cut from the same cloth, not to mention the former's nod to Janet Jackson's "Pleasure Principle" with that drum intro. While there are too many Prince moments to point out, "You Know My Name" owes more to funk outfit Cameo and Morris Day (yeah, I know Day was largely created by Prince..) than the Purple One.

The only exception to the whole 80's motif is Why Ya Why. Honestly, this is the worst track on the album. Not sure if it would be better placed on another Lidell LP, but it just comes out of left field, which usually isn't a stretch for the Englishman to begin with. "So Cold" sounds very much like it was inspired by Steely Dan with Prince synths on the bridge, then diving into the kind of vocal spazzardry (think wizardry mixed with spazz, albeit briefly) we've come to expect from the "Phil Collins of the 21st century". "Blaming Something" is some of the warmest funk Lidell has cooked up.

I've dug Lidell since "Multiply" dropped, and more specifically enjoyed all the musical changes he displays on each album, even if most times the efforts come off as homage to a larger great, the kind that Lidell has no problem emulating. In his own funky way.


Born: September 18, 1973 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Engla

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

British producer Jamie Lidell became as widely recognized for his effective neo-soul vocals and performances as for his earlier career as a producer of groovy experimental techno. After some EP releases for labels such as Mosquito and an appearance on the Mille Plateaux-released Industrialsamplecoregouchbeat compilation, Lidell collaborated with equally well-known techno producer Cristian Vogel as Super_Collider in 1999. Following this project, most noteworthy for the popular track "Darn (Cold Way...
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