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  • Summary: The first solo release on the British soul singer's own label was produced by Justin Stanley and Ben Ash.
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I Live to Make You Smile
Hmm... The sweetest moments in my life They're not the ones Where I'm serving myself The greatest joys don't feel like any sacrifice I'm yours it's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Oct 14, 2016
    83
    Difficult to switch off, Building A Beginning promises to carry balmy summer vibes across winter’s chill.
  2. Mojo
    Oct 14, 2016
    80
    It bursts with love--for family, for the power of musicianship, but most of all, like Lidell's hero Stevie Wonder, for the art of storytelling. [Nov 2016, p.88]
  3. Nov 4, 2016
    80
    We’re a long way from Super Collider, but there’s really not a duff card in the pack.
  4. Oct 20, 2016
    65
    While the familiar is always comforting, Lidell is a tinkerer at heart who thrives on mixing and matching styles and sounds. Listeners who expected the unexpected this time around might be disappointed by such a return to tradition.
  5. Oct 17, 2016
    62
    If this is his new beginning, it’s an unambitious one: Lidell has never sounded like more of a traditionalist than he does on this amiable but uncomplicated record.
  6. Nov 4, 2016
    60
    Like most of Lidell’s discography, it seems simultaneously old and new, retro-minded and attuned to contemporary trends.
  7. Oct 18, 2016
    40
    Building a Beginning takes to heart every criticism of his 2013 release, inverting it into something that, though restrained and even surprisingly heartfelt at times, does very little to save itself from being forgotten.

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