Multiply - Jamie Lidell

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. This is a major step forward in pushing the IDM aesthetic into the bigger territory of soul and R&B music.
  2. Outside the charismatic skill of Lidell's shapeshifting vocals and his forward-looking arrangements, the actual songs of Multiply aren't of as indelible an essence as the classics that they imitate.
  3. Listen to Multiply once and you'll be struck by how reverent it is; listen to it three times and you'll start to notice the microscopic digital artifacts and subtle tweaks that give it personality and pop.
  4. Lidell has created an album of flawless, imaginative, and radical funk grooves.
  5. Although Lidell's voice lacks muscle and butter, he knows how to launch a falsetto, and the beats on "A Little Bit More" and "The City" should not be played within earshot of anyone wearing a pacemaker.
  6. Multiply sounds like he picked up some ancient reel-to-reel tape from lost Holland-Dozier-Holland sessions and gave them a 2005 production spit-and-polish.
  7. A silky, bright, singing-in-the-shower masterstroke of joy and elation.
  8. Multiply is not just the year’s most adventurous album, it’s one of its most melodic, soulful, and engaging as well.
  9. How he makes good on such a seemingly noxious premise remains a mystery... but Lidell's star shines from whatever angle it might be spied.
  10. His is a rare talent, demanding to be heard.
  11. 90
    Truly strange and beautiful. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.102]
  12. If even a hint of Jamiroquai makes you gag, stay away; otherwise, proceed to the dance floor, please. [22 Jul 2005, p.74]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. MattyM
    Mar 14, 2007
    Unreal, Jamie is the white De Angelo, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thick ain't got nothin' on this cat...he's bad..........intelligent too........I'm a fan :) Full Review »
  2. BlairS
    May 29, 2006
    Very solid album. The single, Multiply, is definitely a highlight. One of the best tracks in a long time!
  3. SimG
    Nov 1, 2005
    Very creative, great combination on an album, but give it some time. It takes a little bit of time to grow on you.