.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/efcbf0da27976f133965b81c9cdb6fbf05938f09.jpg Compass

Jamie Lidell

Compass

Warp
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3.5 0
May 17, 2010

In the mid-2000s, U.K.-born Jamie Lidell made the unlikely transformation from underground dance producer to white soulman. His fourth solo album is a disc of elegantly warped love songs: Cut with help from Beck, Feist and Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, Compass keeps up Lidell's blend of creamy come-ons and fuzzy beats. Lidell evokes Prince on the falsetto-rich "Your Sweet Boom" and TV on the Radio on the Beck-co-written "Coma Chameleon," which mixes an excellent, eerie chorus with horn blasts and white noise. Lidell loses focus on tracks like the depressive, atmospheric piece "Big Drift," but he spends much of Compass showing how to be a smoothie and a weirdo — one way, at least.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Stillness Is the Move”

    Dirty Projectors | 2009

    A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com