Lidell headed to Los Angeles to make his sunny-sounding record. Jim is indeed a heartfelt existential celebration, beginning with the earnest lyrics. “Another day, another way for me to open up to you,” he sings on the album’s opener, “Another Day,” sounding like a man in love. (After living in Berlin for eight years, Lidell is moving to Paris to be with his girlfriend.) Helmed by Lidell and frequent collaborator Mocky, the album’s organic, ground-up style production reflects an evolution in his recording philosophy -- but the album doesn’t skimp on the rump-shakers. The electro-tinged, Jamiroquai-recalling “Figured Me Out” boasts a retro-futuristic beat, while the almost surf-rock “Hurricane” is a prime example of the California sound Lidell traveled halfway across the world to obtain. But the album’s Motown and soul-style ballads are perhaps what stand out the most. The only problem is that in an era of endless irony it’s almost hard to accept the songs’ sugary honesty. Lidell’s ecstatic yelps and the disco-bass on “Little Bit of Feel Good,” for example, feel like a dead-serious take on Snoop’s “Sensual Seduction,” while ”Green Light”’s relaxed, rollerskate synths feel only a half-step removed from the smirking R&B that was Beck’s Midnite Vultures album. BY BEN WESTHOFF
Jamie Lidell plays Sasquatch! Wookie! Stage. 7 p.m. Mon., May 26.