Jamie Lidell - Jim

It's clear that the talented Cambridge-born Berlin-dwelling chap has not lost any of that enthusiastic, post-nostalgic songwriting ability.

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Released 29 Apr 2008 | Warp | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 3-5
Jamie Lidell - Jim

Warp's soul-singing sensation Jamie Lidell is back with his third solo album, and second journey down the path of the warm summer day's perfect soundtrack. After the acclaim afforded 'Multiply', it was always going to be hard to follow the LP with something in the same vein, without suffering from repetition. It looks like he may have managed this.

Opener 'Another Day' is quite simply the epitome of Lidell's vocal style, and would not have sounded out of place in the tracklisting for his previous offering. By track two, 'Wait For Me', it's clear that the talented Cambridge-born Berlin-dwelling chap has not lost any of that enthusiastic, post-nostalgic songwriting ability. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the track peaks and subsides with the passion of a gospel choir and the groove of James Brown.

Although 'Multiply' offered possibly the greatest 1960s soul track never recorded - 'Music Will Not Last' - Lidell's third may disappoint some, in that no individual piece of such creative genius appears on this disc. This is not to say that the album will not meet expectations - from the desperately romantic sentiments of 'All I Wanna Do' (think smoky bar, post break-up), to the up-beat rhythm and blues number that is 'Hurricane' - a track that sets off like a juggernaut and carries right on.

As the accustomed listener expects, even in the saddest song Lidell has penned - which may well be this album's 'Rope Of Sound' - there still is maintained an air of undeniable happiness in the fact that here is soul singer of such innovation that it may soon be possible to utter his name toward the end of a conversation regarding Curtis Mayfield.