JAMIE LIDELL Jamie Lidell

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY Down­load: I’m Self­ish, Why_Ya_Why

Warp Prince Rogers Nel­son has cast a long shadow across Jamie Lidell’s ca­reer. This is the Nashville-based Brit’s fifth stu­dio al­bum, and his de­vo­tion to the Pur­ple One is still au­di­ble but cer­tainly less pro­nounced than on past records. Lidell ex­cels at blue-eyed soul and funk, but this col­lec­tion fre­quently hur­tles head­long into ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tron­ica and fu­ture soul (What a Shame, In My Mind). There’s still scope for more tra­di­tional fin­ger-click­ing grooves, but even they are swad­dled in retro 1980s stu­dio ef­fects, as heard on the vi­brant funk of I’m Self­ish or the slo-mo in­tro and ad­mirably cheesy key­tar riff of So Cold. It’s fre­quently fun and cer­tainly a pro­gres­sion, but if you’re not al­ready a fan of Lidell’s (or the sound­track to Bev­erly Hills Cop), this ex­per­i­men­tal in­cur­sion may prove a lit­tle off-putting. jamielidell.com

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