Jamie Lidell‘s been in the business for a while,
making top-notch whiteboy soul, and heâ€™s releasing â€œJimâ€ this summer. Itâ€™s an old-sounding album, a la Amy Winehouse (but Jim was doing it before she was), that borrows from gospel, funk, R nâ€™ B, disco . . . Thereâ€™s a little something for everyone here. A touch of Otis Redding, a pinch of Marvin Gaye . . . The influences are obvious, but that doesnâ€™t mean Jamie doesnâ€™t make his own music here.
â€œWait for Meâ€ sounds like a Ray Charles cover, complete with blazing piano solo in the classic my-piano-is-a-guitar style of Jerry Lee Lewis. And if you think that sounds like tons of fun, youâ€™re right. â€œAll I Wanna Doâ€ sounds like The Neville Brothers, a sweet, gospel lament much like Sam Cookeâ€™s â€œChange is Gonna Come.â€ This is a solid album with just enough nostalgia to make you smile, and enough originality to keep you guessing.