• Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. 91
    With Jaime, Howard proves what many of us already speculated: The magic behind Alabama Shakes was Brittany Howard.
  2. Oct 7, 2019
    90
    The process of writing this album was personal and intimate, but the end result is a confident, bold debut.
  3. Sep 20, 2019
    90
    Jaime, Howard's first solo album, complements her distinctive croon with R&B, hip-hop and funk sounds, marking an adventurous departure that reveals unseen depths to the vocalist. With some of the most emotive, direct lyrics of her career to date, the dynamic range of her new collaborators — including jazz maestro Robert Glasper — informs the flavour of each track for an eclectic collection stockpiled with loose grooves.
  4. Sep 20, 2019
    90
    It’s an album which documents a fierce imagination at play; a truly invigorating piece of work that pushes her songwriting forward.
  5. Uncut
    Sep 16, 2019
    90
    Throughout Jamie, Howard also continues to challenge the impressive instrument of her voice in unpredictable ways. ... Her quest for personal fulfillment doubles as a creative bloom as well, revealing new dimensions of her talent. [Oct 2019, p.18]
  6. Sep 16, 2019
    90
    There’s a pop progressiveness coupled with an old-fashioned loneliness. It sounds nothing at all like Presley, but he lived in and understood those two worlds and might have appreciated the chance to bridge them in the way that Howard has here. ... Her distinctive vocal timbre is the twine that keeps Jamie wrapped-up tight. Not many artists can make loops and electronic sounds feel authentic, but Howard is more than able to keep them feeling warm and natural.
  7. Oct 4, 2019
    89
    The Alabama Shakes mainspring's first solo release showcases R&B borne of a dark, introspective place, grooving like a 35-minute scream into a pillow.
  8. Sep 20, 2019
    88
    Her solo debut, “Jaime” (ATO), breaks ground sonically and lyrically. It’s both more personal and daring, steeped in ‘60s and ‘70s soul-funk-R&B but with a rules-are-meant-to-be-broken twist.
  9. Sep 20, 2019
    86
    With these highly capable ringers driving the arrangements, Howard pushes the boundaries of sound and space in search of fulfillment and decency. In a world that requires so much fixing, the music works effortlessly. Armed with a deeper understanding of self, Jaime becomes her gospel of empathy.
  10. Sep 26, 2019
    82
    The album’s 11 songs are spontaneous, fluid and entirely indifferent to genre as they pour out of her like the torrential rains of an evening thunderstorm.
  11. Sep 24, 2019
    80
    ‘Jaime’ is arguably Howard’s most important work to date spiritually, let alone critically. Named in memoriam of the beloved sister she lost to cancer when both were in their teens, the album is a sonic sucking of the poison from the wounds of life, and the regeneration of the artist thereafter.
  12. Sep 20, 2019
    80
    Howard's embrace of all the mess of life gives Jaime its sustenance. Her audacity is apparent upon the first listen, but subsequent spins are profound and nourishing.
  13. Sep 20, 2019
    80
    Artists often take on solo projects to get things out of their system before regrouping, but those things are rarely as beautiful as they are here.
  14. 80
    There’s no track on Jaime that is likely to make waves – not in the same way as some of the better-known Alabama Shakes tracks, such as “Hold On” or “This Feeling” (the latter of which was recently used to remarkable effect in the final scene of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag). But what lovely ripples it makes.
  15. Sep 19, 2019
    80
    It’s a total departure, her kaleidoscopic mix of decades’ worth of R&B, hip-hop, blues, and gospel, steeped in trippy laptop sonics and deeply personal political urgency. ... “I just want Georgia to notice me,” she sings, confronting oppression with faint hope. It’s a strikingly bold moment on a record that’s full of them.
  16. Mojo
    Sep 16, 2019
    80
    Jamie is a giant leap forward: a testimony of liberation, creatively uncompromising but just as accessible as Howard's old music. [Oct 2019, p.80]
  17. Q Magazine
    Sep 16, 2019
    80
    Jamie is a thrilling first step into her future. [Oct 2019, p.106]
  18. Sep 23, 2019
    75
    The album cycles through various styles as Howard experiments with psychedelia, jazz forms, old gospel, neo-soul, and the spoken word format—all with stunning results.
  19. 70
    Jamie is nothing if not daring, filled with fascinating, sometimes jarring musical complexities which the most skeptical listener will appreciate. Despite its relatively brief 36 minute playing time, the disc’s concepts and sheer obliqueness makes it linger far longer as a bold declaration from a restlessly creative artist with plenty on her mind.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Sep 28, 2019
    8
    If you favor only a select few of the whole music spectrum and can't stand the art of blues rock, please go away. Else, cherish your ear.If you favor only a select few of the whole music spectrum and can't stand the art of blues rock, please go away. Else, cherish your ear. Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard has finally made her debut album, and it's as great as expected. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2019
    8
    Brittany Howard,the singer of Alabama Shakes compose a very strong and beautiful album. Having as a valuable ally her voice , draws linesBrittany Howard,the singer of Alabama Shakes compose a very strong and beautiful album. Having as a valuable ally her voice , draws lines between human relationships and tries to give a meaning in the next American dream. Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2019
    9
    It's an album that brims with life and experimentation. Howard pushes her sounds to their limits while remaining organic, raw, emotional andIt's an album that brims with life and experimentation. Howard pushes her sounds to their limits while remaining organic, raw, emotional and relevant. Full Review »