Jamie Cullum Catching Tales [Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD]
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 11, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Verve Forecast
Mojo (Publisher) - p.984 stars out of 5 - "The imagination is riotous, the songcraft maturer, the ambition heightened, and the musical reach is there to realise it."
- 1.Get Your Way
- 2.London Skies
- 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
Personnel: Jamie Cullum (vocals, guitar, piano, Moog synthesizer); The London Session Orchestra (strings); Alan Barnes (alto saxophone); Geoff Gascoyne, Ben Cullum (bass instrument); John Heard (acoustic bass); Merlo Podlewski (bass guitar); Ian Thomas (drums, percussion); James Gadson, Sebastian DeKrom (drums); Dan the Automator (programming); Terri Walker (background vocals).
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.
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