[NEW RELEASE] JAMIE LIDELL
You’ll also immediately recognize the influence of an uncredited artist on the British-born artist’s sixth studio album “Building A Beginning” - Stevie Wonder.
Whereas in the past Lidell blended soul with futuristic electronica or jazz-inspired improvisation, this time it’s all Wonder, all the time. That’s not a bad thing, honestly. It’s just sometimes freaky to hear a white Brit sound so eerily - even down to the inflections - like the Motown great.
That’s nowhere truer than on “Julian,’’ an ode to his baby son that echoes Wonder’s own celebration of his daughter’s birth in “Isn’t She Lovely,’’ right down to the inclusion of baby sounds at the end.
But lyrically, “Building a Beginning’’ suffers from a first-person honesty and anguish that fuels the best soul. Many of the sentiments are vapid, like the title alone of “I Live to Make You Smile.’’
Maybe, next time, a little less Wonder and bit more wounds?