By Jamie Lidell
Just as the simple album title so glaringly suggests, Jim is Jamie Lidell's most conventional release yet... a summertime soul record and for the first time in his career, nothing else.
Despite the gloriously uplifting grooves, sing-along choruses and the glossy production, Jim is motored by Jamie Lidell's amazing vocal ability (a quality that has seen him compared to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye). Admittedly, Lidell might have some way to go before you could place him along other soul greats, but this release sees him capture the essence of a genre in wonderful fashion. The highlights arrive with the catchy uplifting piano-led opener 'Another Day', the stunning soul ballad 'All I Wanna Do' and the delicate slow-burning closer 'Rope Of Sound'.
As a known purveyor of musical innovation, Jamie Lidell's latest work may come as a surprise to some. Others? Well, they might say they saw it coming. Whatever the opinion, there is no denying that Jim is a natural and worthy successor to the critically acclaimed 2005 release Multiply.