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Catching Tales [Jamie Cullum]

  • 1. Get Your Way
    2. London Skies
    3. Photograph
    4. I Only Have Eyes for You
    5. Nothing I Do
    6. Mind Trick
    7. 21st Century Kid
    8. I'm Glad There Is You
    9. Oh God
    10. Catch the Sun
    11. 7 Days to Change Your Life
    12. Our Day Will Come
    13. Back to the Ground
    14. My Yard
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000547802

  • Credits
    ProducerStewart Levine; Dan The Automator

    Personnel: Jamie Cullum (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Heard (double bass); Ben Cullum (bass guitar, background vocals); James Gadson, Ian Thomas (drums).
    Pianist and singer Jamie Cullum has been tagged as a new jazzbo, a Harry Connick, Jr.- type given to piano flurries and smooth crooning, when in truth he is a pop singer-songwriter much more in the mold of Ben Folds. It's true, however, that Cullum's piano playing can be jazz-inflected (especially on his solos), and his vocal lines can be nuanced, slinky, and interesting in ways that distinguish them from your run-of-the-mill popster.
    But if the contemporary pop tendencies were evident on TWENTYSOMETHING, this album's predecessor, they are even more pronounced on 2005's CATCHING TALES. In fact, Cullum makes a bid for au courant hipness by collaborating with Dan the Automator ("Get Your Way") and adding electronic flourishes throughout. These touches add a nice shimmer, but it is Cullum's straightforward tunes, relaxed and confident vocals, and clever, literate lyrics that hold the listener's attention.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The imagination is riotous, the songcraft maturer, the ambition heightened, and the musical reach is there to realise it."
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