Jim - Jamie Lidell
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  • Summary: This is the third studio album for the English artist now based in Germany.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. On Jim, Lidell course-corrects by choosing a warmer, more organic palette. It's a retro-soul record minus the bleeps and whistles, and it exposes Lidell as the charming, confident vocalist he is.
  2. 80
    Lidell reaches back further than he has before, appoximating Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, and even Jackie Wilson, elegantly nodding to his clarion-voiced heroes while never allowing the album to become mired in mere tribute. [May 2008, p.72]
  3. 80
    Ol'boy touches the listener deep on the inside with the polished shimmy of Motown and the greasy strut of Stax tipping his hats to the likes of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and kJackie Wilson. [Mar/Apr 2008, p.107]
  4. Old is made new again in the best possible way on what could surely be the perfect soundtrack for a sultry, soulful summer.
  5. 70
    Here, he seems more comfortable in his pasty skin. [May 2008, p.76]
  6. Jim remodels him into a standard bust-a-gut soul singer who purveys tunes so unrepentantly commercial that the album has been greeted with shock by the faithful. But it's not unappealing.
  7. Lidell's gospel hollars are impressive, but the music verges on pastiche. [May 2008, p.136]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. derringer
    Apr 30, 2008
    People who are saying that Multiply is better than this album are SORELY mistaken. This is ten times better... it cuts away all the bells and whistles and showcases HIM full force up front. This album is pure bliss from start to finish and unlike the earlier reviewer, I hope he sings A TON of these tunes at his show here on June 4th. I enjoyed parts of MULTIPLY but the production quality was so-so despite the fun electro bits. With Jim, you get any fat is trimmed and you get raw, passionate soul music. His voice has never sounded better. Expand
  2. MattM.
    May 1, 2008
    I enjoy the album but Tosh F is right about it not being as good as Multiply. But that is usually the case with an artists breakout record. I usually have some kind of subconcious bias towards artists first breakout records, and this is the case with Jamie Lidell for me. But all in all, a fun record that came out at the right time as far as it being a summer album and also because of the popularity that Amy Winehouse, unfortunate to say, has brought to this genre of music. Jamie is also way better than her so hopefully this will make him a successful man. Like he isn't already. Expand
  3. ToshF
    Apr 25, 2008
    A BITTER disappointment, after the genius that was multiply. Asides from a couple of tracks all the energy and innovation is gone, it feels lackluster from the get go, multiply made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and a big grin spread across my face, Jim turns my smile to a frown and makes me want to sit down, not get up and dance around. Very bland production, and seemingly directionless. Just hope he doesnt play many of these tracks when I see him next week. Expand