11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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