ACL Fest Friday Reviews

ACL Fest Friday Reviews

Jamie Lidell

Jim (Warp)

Endorphins explode at the onset of Jim. Hands clap, tambourines rattle, and birds chirp on opener "Another Day." Cheery is putting it mildly. A longtime shaker on the London electronic scene, Jamie Lidell let loose his blue-eyed soul on 2005's Multiply, and Jim flies higher still. Good times roll on the Stevie Wonder-impersonating "Little Bit of Feel Good" as Lidell's plea of "please don't make my feel-good go away" prompts the question of what fuels his ecstasy. The frenetic "Hurricane" sounds like Gnarls Barkley, while "Figured Me Out" marries Jamiroquai and Justin Timberlake. It's tempting to knock Lidell for being too derivative of Wonder and Donny Hathaway or for simply being the latest in a never-ending line of Brits mimicking the sound of Soulsville, but why bust up a party that's this much fun? (3:30pm, Dell stage.)

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