Lidell excels when exploring his funk and soul side, and two Jim tracks best showcase this talent. “Little Bit of Feel Good” features a thumping, bass-driven beat, horns, and his gritty voice front-and-center. “Please don't make my feel good go away,” he practically snarls, the guitar's wah-wah pedal in full force. Its retro sound and effectively sparse production makes this track a slice of old-fashioned R&B. The song nodding most to his techno roots is “Figured Me Out,” a slice of funk that stays with the listener. Lidell's growls and rasp-tinged voice perfectly accompany the subtle electronically enhanced tempo. Fans of Multiply will probably favor this track most.
From the honky-tonk piano on “Where d'You Go?” to the beautifully vocally and instrumentally-stark “Rope of Sad,” Lidell defies musical labels by showing his diverse interests. Just when people pegged him as a techno artist, he defied expectations by releasing Jim, his homage to 60s and 70s soul. Amazingly, Lidell proves completely credible as an R&B artist, sincerely demonstrating his obvious love for the genre. Perhaps Multiply fans were disappointed by the lack of overt electronica on this album, but Jim should not be overlooked. Neo-soul fans who enjoyed Saadiq's album will appreciate this CD, while those who liked Lidell's previous work will be impressed by his musical range. Not a fan of electronica? Jim should convince even the most resistant listeners that the form can transcend genres and musical boundaries.