Some artists are just adored by the critics. No matter what they do. Everything comes up smelling like roses. Or so we are told they do. Brit Jamie Lidell is a musician whom the critics love. This is his fifth studio album and I was bound and determined to get to the bottom of it all. His self-titled album continues along the electronic music path but this time he fuses it with classic R&B and 70s and 80s funk. Instead of being all jumbled or a downright mess, it works. It works very well. He avoids having the music sound like a rehash of what has already been done by using today’s technology to his advantage and freshening things up. Lidell is obviously a fan of these styles of music and we already know that anything with a Moog synthesizer is right up his alley. Using his big voice, Lidell really projects the same type of vibe that artists from those eras did. The only track that really doesn’t work is “What a Shame”. It stylistically does not fit in and ends up, even though it is not in its essence a bad track, sticking out like a sore thumb. Bottom line is that the critics are right and Jamie Lidell is one of the best neo-soul artists out there today.