by Jamie Lidell
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The early reports on Compass trumpeted the fact that Beck was involved (his credit is additional production), but Jamie Lidell is hardly a musician who needs the expertise -- he has a voice that's soulful and spirited like few in contemporary music, and his production skills were knocking out fans and critics before they even knew he could sing. If anything, the magic that Lidell & co. create on Compass is a more varied trip through music-making than on 2008's Jim. If that record could be criticized (and it wasn't, not much), it could be said that Lidell and co-conspirator Mocky created an excellent soul record -- and just that. Compass is not a neo-soul record by any means. Its productions crank and wheeze like Lidell's work with Super_Collider, and although there's a long list of musicians on each track -- including Feist, Nikka Costa, and Chilly Gonzalez -- the result sounds more like a pick-up session in an alleyway than a studio super-session. Lidell's also grown as a songwriter, creating introspective material on "Completely Exposed" and virtually the entire second half of the album that goes well beyond what he was capable of earlier. As on any good Beck record, Compass finds time for everything from R&B to hard rock to the type of gut-bucket experimental rock that Tom Waits would be proud of. The big difference is in the vocal performances. It's clear that Lidell is wearing his heart on his sleeve here, and we see a portrait of a person, not a personality.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
Label: Warp Records
UPC: 0801061019228
catalogNumber: 10192
Rank: 227772

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie Lidell   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Cello,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Prophet Synthesizer,Beat Box
Mike O'Brien   Guitar
Beck   Guitar,Background Vocals
James Gadson   Percussion,Drums
David Ralicke   Trombone,Saxophone
Justin Stanley   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Dan Rothchild   Bass
Bryden Baird   Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn,French Horn,Hand Clapping,Shaker
Jesse Baird   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Smax   Synthesizer
Nikka Costa   Background Vocals
Matt Demeritt   Tenor Saxophone
Leslie Feist   Percussion,Background Vocals,Shouts
Pat Sansone   Bass,Percussion,Celeste,Gong,Background Vocals,Mallets,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Brian Lebarton   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Electric Drums,Shouts
Daniel Raymond Gahn   Drums
Daniel Rossen   Guitar
Carlin Nicholson   Bass
Chris Taylor   Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Woodwind,Hand Clapping
Chris Bautista   Trumpet
Lindsey Rome   Percussion,Background Vocals
Chris Bear   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Daniel Rassen   Organ,Guitar
Chilly Gonzales   Piano

Technical Credits

Beck   Composer
Jamie Lidell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine,Vocal Effect,Electronic Treatments
Drew Brown   Engineer
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Jesse Baird   Drum Fills
Dean Nelson   Engineer
Pat Sansone   Engineer
Feist   Composer
Robbie Lackritz   Engineer,Additional Production
Snax   Composer
Chris Taylor   Engineer,Additional Production
Lindsey Rome   Artwork,Additional Production
Beck Hansen   Composer,Additional Production
Chilly Gonzales   Engineer

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