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Jamie Lidell
Jamie Lidell - WARP
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Zachary Sniderman on March 18, 2013

 

Jamie Lidell

Who woulda thought that the heir to the funk crown previously held by The-Artist-Formerly-Known-As-and-now-actually-known-again-as Prince would be a nearly 40-year-old white dude from England? And yet, here we are. Jamie Lidell might be an unexpected flag bearer but he is not undeserving. He sings the pants off every song on Jamie Lidell, his fifth studio album. While he has been known for genre-bending experimentation and left-field collaborations, this self-titled work hews closer to Lidell’s musical roots. The album is a straight-up blast with classic-sounding grooves like “Big Love” and “So Cold,” which includes the line “Before you show me your true colors/Let me show you the door/The door/The door/Yeaaah.” Most creative for playing the genre so straight, Jamie Lidell foregoes the darker, edgier sound of modern 
R & B (The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Miguel, etc.) for something funkier. Even the sad songs have a beat (and a lot of synth). And somehow it doesn’t sound like a ruse. This is surprisingly soulful soul music, and a surprisingly satisfying record. Fans of Lidell (or Prince, for that matter) won’t be challenged, but Jamie Lidell is proof that sometimes execution really is king.

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