On this new record Lidell reinforces that he's an artist full of energy, flash, and panache. That's comes blasting through the speakers on tracks like the disco-infused "I'm Selfish" and the all-out party starter "Big Love".
Lidell's biggest triumph comes on "You Know My Name", a track that owes a lot to "Atomic Dog". While "Why_ya_why" is sleazy, in a delightful way, you'll absolutely hate yourself for allowing the atrocious "So Cold" to get stuck in your head.
The use of Autotune, while not rampant, is still ill-advised. I can't tell if it's presence on "In Your Mind" and "Do Yourself a Faver" is tongue-in-cheek or serious. Whatever the intent, the results are nauseating.
Sure tracks like "You Naked" can be infectious. Lidell's soulful vocals and the scientifically-engineered-to-be-catchy beats will get you moving. However, it's still too hard to overcome or overlook the all-too-often slimebag-encouraging lyrics.
Jamie Lidell is a record that needs to be cherry-picked. There are some nice little nuggets, but to get to them you need to wade through a whole lot of rubbish.
Jamie Lidell plays Lee's Palace in Toronto on April 9th.
Best tracks: "You Know My Name", "I'm Selfish""
Track listing for Jamie Lidell:
- I'm Selfish
- What a Shame
- So Cold
- Do Yourself a Faver
- Blaming Something
- You Know My Name
- Don't You Love Me?
- You Naked
- In Your Mind
- Big Love