Truth be told I was hoping to be taken back by Jamie Lidell's latest self titled effort. I was a huge fan of "multiply" and
was and still is one of my favorite albums that gives me a little extra jig in my step.. Unfortunately, I am not as impressed with this effort. The songs don't flow as well and there aren't as many stand out tracks. The biggest problem being he tries to cram in to much. That being said there are some songs here that do shine and some efforts on production that are pure ear candy.
This album is full on inspired by early/mid 80's boogie and naked electro funk. On "I'm Selfish" and "Big Love" that's just what he delivers in full,with his big deep soul vocals wailing out right up their with the expressive,bass synth and percussive drum machine heavy synthesizer operating at peak level. "Do Yourself A Favor" and "You Naked" are two strong,down in the slow crunching Moog bass groove of Zapp/Roger era funk whereas "Blaming Something",a lyrical message for masculine accountability,it's a spare and slippery bass/guitar centered groove straight out of the late 80's Paisley Park school. Only the aptly titled and badly misplaced droning industrial dance music of "What A Shame" is severely out of place on this album musically.
While this album is fun to listen to it's lack of focus is its biggest detriment.
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