Where was his Brit award nomination, eh? Some of those artists were nominated two years running (U2 I think), but this guy brings this masterpiece out and it's largely ignored. Just as well perhaps. This guy is too good for the masses.
Pretention over, lets make a start...
This album is fantastic. There can be no argument by anybody about this fact. It's not average, it's not just good. It truly is great. All we get these days is the same pop dirge over and over again until everything and everyone sounds the same. Bloc Party, Hard-Fi, Snow Patrol, etc. Where is the innovation? Where is the flair? I'll tell you where it is. Here, on this album. But it isn't perfect. But what album is these days, eh?
Mr Lidell has excelled himself. It is so tunefull, funky, weird and honest. The track about not hesitating rings true for me as well as many of you, whether you admit it or not.
The album, from the outset, is a pop album compared to his earlier work (and his live performances: oh yes, I have seen him live, sampling is own voice several times over and re-synthesising it over and over) but still shares some of the experimental sensibilities of some of it, but unlike his last albums (as Super Collider included) EVERY track is perfectly listenable. Turn up some of his tunes and listen carefully to the arrangement (When I Come Back Around, Whats The Use with it's Street Fighter punches and the Super Collider-esque City) and you will be convinced he's the bastard offspring of Prince and Aphex Twin. Where is the Melody in A Little Bit More? It is entirely provided by his sublime vocals. Extraordinary.
And that's why this album is great. It defies convention in each genre it steals from in every track, it uses an extraordinary amount of electronic wizardry, it's bright and funky and it STILL sounds like the best POP album out at the moment.
Do the Brits really matter if guys like this are ignored?