Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jamie Lidell - Jim

Jamie Lidell
(04.2008, Warp)
Verdict: Full of summer jam anthems sure to get you moving.

Jamie Lidell's 2005 release, Multiply sparked my interest for sure. His scratchy but syrupy voice was contagious, but the album was slightly too hyper funk for me. In fact, I don't think I ever got through the album in one sitting. It was just too much to swallow. In contrast, I can't even count how many times I have listened the this years' release, Jim, from song one to ten, then one to ten, then one to ten again. It's infectious to say the least, and cheerful too. His voice somehow sounds even more like Stevie Wonder's this time around, and for me, that is a great thing. There are still a few tracks that border too closely on funk for me. I prefer the more soulful jams. Overall, Jim is a more matured and solid album, and I can't stop loving track nine, "Where D'You Go." That song is a jam and a half with very interesting and fun vocal melodies. The song's lyrics are very repetitive, but Lidell sings them with a slight twist each time so that no line is sung the same. Grab whoever is next to you, kick off your shoes, snap your fingers, crank that jam and go dance outside in the grass.


Jamie Lidell "Another Day"

1 comment:

Wooly Mammal said...

I was able to read this review in one sitting, unlike that Thistle characters stuff.