Jim

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Some electronica producers spend their entire careers building up a roster of instruments, legions of samples, and more gear than any bedroom studio could possibly fit. Jamie Lidell has apparently been reducing not only his equipment list to its basics, but his production style, so it includes a minimum of things that you need to program much less plug in. Of course, that jives with his gradual blossoming as an unhinged soul singer on 2005's Multiply, which has only blossomed further for 2008's Jim, a neo-soul record that sounds like it was recorded live, in the kind of studio that each of the album's seven to eight musicians actually could fit into. Part of this is the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Some electronica producers spend their entire careers building up a roster of instruments, legions of samples, and more gear than any bedroom studio could possibly fit. Jamie Lidell has apparently been reducing not only his equipment list to its basics, but his production style, so it includes a minimum of things that you need to program much less plug in. Of course, that jives with his gradual blossoming as an unhinged soul singer on 2005's Multiply, which has only blossomed further for 2008's Jim, a neo-soul record that sounds like it was recorded live, in the kind of studio that each of the album's seven to eight musicians actually could fit into. Part of this is the result of Lidell and co-producer Mocky's ability to record so well that the production doesn't stand out by itself, but simply works as a vehicle for the songs. On a performance level, Lidell mostly avoids the pitfalls of Multiply, where he sounded faithful but not always sincere. On Jim he's not only writing better songs, but performing them as though he's lived them this is where a good hands-off production can improve the proceedings. It doesn't really matter whether Lidell's rebirth as a soul singer is an example of an artist following his muse or simply looking for a way out of electronica, when the results motivate your body as well as "Out of My System" or move your heart as well as "All I Wanna Do." Jim is most reminiscent of the Southern deep soul of the late '60s, although recorded so well and so dry that it betrays its lineage. That sound is a good complement to the other British soul stalwarts with retro-soul and -funk leanings, from Lewis Taylor to Jamiroquai to the Cinematic Orchestra and, for that matter, including Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse as well. Add to that an assortment of unobtrusive guests including Nikka Costa, Gonzales, Peaches, and Alex Acuña doing great work, and the result is a record that reveals soul and sincerity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Warp Records
  • UPC: 801061016029
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 142,815

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Another Day (3:48)
  2. 2 Wait For Me (3:23)
  3. 3 Out of My System (3:58)
  4. 4 All I Wanna Do (5:12)
  5. 5 Little Bit of Feel Good (4:02)
  6. 6 Figured Me Out (4:27)
  7. 7 Hurricane (3:12)
  8. 8 Green Light (3:48)
  9. 9 Where d'You Go? (2:23)
  10. 10 Rope of Sand (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie Lidell Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jamie Lidell Composer
Andre Vida Composer
Dominic "Mocky" Salole Composer
Jason Charles Beck Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Motown Revisited

    Jamie Lidell really stuck his big toe into his new album. Sounding like a compilation of Motown classics, "Jim" is a fresh and modern take on those sounds my parent's generation are used to hearing coming out of Motown from the late 60's to the early/mid 70's, even reaching as far as the early 80's. Lidell really understands those sounds and he makes that evident here. So upon initial listen, I was surprised at the authenticity and detail. "Jim" sounds very familiar, however you know it's something new. I'm diggin this album.

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