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Jamie Lidell by Jamie Lidell
Released: Feb 2013
Label: Warp Records
Jamie Lidell is a Nashville resident now, but you wouldn't necessarily guess it from his fifth LP, even though it was recorded right there in Music City. Whatever his previous fealty to classic soul idioms, this time he's all about finding his own twisted interpretation of funk. George Clinton's electro-shocked squelch carries more weight this time than Otis Redding's dulcet touch; chrome and neon edge out warmer, gentler textures, and Lidell's stylistic pile-up sounds more unhinged than ever. His voice is the axle on which everything turns, a malleable yowl inimitable and unparalleled.
Philip Sherburne
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