Jamie T, 'Panic Prevention' (Caroline)

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Panic Prevention
Critical Mass
Label: Caroline

by Kyle Anderson

More than a decade later, a lot of people still have a hard time getting over Beck's Mellow Gold. The latest mix of marble-mouthed rapping, bedroom Casio beats, and postmodern rail-riding folk comes care of Englishman Jamie T. The Mercury Prize-nominated Panic Prevention focuses squarely on Jamie's voice, which has a gently snarling cadence that recalls a less-stoned Mike Skinner. When he sticks to cheeky storytelling (as on "Sheila" and "Calm Down Dearest"), the album gains grimy traction, but empty dirges like "Pacemaker" send it drifting into novelty territory.

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