Lidell has done it again - Created a damn
near perfect album. Maybe I am a bit biased
because I have dug his music and live
shows for a few years now or maybe perhaps
it is really just that good.
When someone asked me what type of music
was on his third album, Jim (Warp
Records), I really couldn't answer. It's
definitely soulful with a twing of pop,
and a whole lot of something that I can't
put my finger on.
start with the slow ballad, "Rope
of Sand". It feels calming, sincere
and intimate. His voice hits these high
notes every 30 or so seconds that sends
chills. It's just beautiful. Picking it
up we are treated to "Another Day",
which starts with a tambourine and clapping
sound before leading into a Motown-like
feel that continues on "Where'd You
Go". "Figured Me Out" is
also an up-tempo track that flat out jams.
From the beginning when the music creeps
in, my body moves smoothly to the keyboard
I'm mentioning faster tracks, lead single
"Little Bit of Feel Good" does
just that – makes you feel good.
His grittiness shows through in the song,
especially when singing the end of the
chorus – 'watching you asleep and
I cry/please don't make my feel good go
away'. There is also an instrumental break
in the song that lets you breathe for
a minute before the jam picks back up.
Light" reminds me of a song that
Al Green or another 70's soul star would
of penned. The instrumentation borders
on the line of funk and disco, but retains
some original R&B flavor.
Why I love this record is because it makes
me feel like there is still interpretation
of music that we haven't heard yet. In
the market of oversaturation and crowding
of genres, Jamie Lidell stands on his
own – but I'm standing there right
behind him, because this record is exceptional.
I'm giving it five GeoGlobes!
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