Concert Review: Jamie Lidell, April 8th, Lee’s Palace

Jamie Lidell

Wearing a white full length rain jacket and playing behind a host of electronic equipment on a desk that looks like a hull of a spaceship, it was almost like Jamie Lidell was from the future. On a dreary, rainy Monday night, the English singer brought lights, lasers, funk and dance to a packed Lee’s Palace. Lidell was in town to promote his latest self titled album, which was surprisingly heavy on electronic funk dance music. The latest album’s dance influences carried strongly over to Jamie’s set on Monday and night, and coupled with a dizzying array of projects, lasers and lights (all brought by the man himself), you could strongly make the case that Lee’s Palace could have doubled as a night club. Performing as a one man show, Lidell proved himself to be a technical wizard, employing various looping techniques and sound effects to get his desired sound. At one point, he was actually singing with himself on stage. However, some of the pre-recorded sequences of the show was a bit too well put together for me to fully enjoy as it just came off as too slick and calculated. Still, the man himself had infectious energy and thoroughly entertaining stage banter. When he simplified his sound on stage, such as his massive hit Multiply, Jamie’s vocals really shined through. Despite my overall enjoyment of watching him perform a solo show, I can’t help but feel that Jamie’s show would really be that much better with a live band. Maybe next time.

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