by Dave Segal
on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM
(Neumos) Jamie Lidell's metamorphosis from riveting electronic-music experimentalist to slightly left-of-center R&B crooner has not always been satisfying. Blessed with a chameleonic soul man's voice and expert beat-boxing skills, Lidell peaked with 2005's Multiply, a phenomenal convergence of his impulses for creating challenging and accessible tracks. Since then, though, he's leaned a bit too hard on sentimental balladry and rote, slick dance numbers. The new Jamie Lidell album reveals flashes of his mid-'00s brilliance, but more often sounds effortfully mediocre. Lidell's more conventional moves likely have made his label and manager happy, but they've surely left many fans of his earlier, riskier works disgruntled. Here's hoping Lidell brings some of the next-level funk and vocal origami that left a speaker smoking at 2006 Bumbershoot to Neumos tonight.