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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum's previous effort, Twentysomething, was an uncomplicated mix of piano-driven melodic pop with a jazzy twist and some reworked jazz standards. 2005's Catching Tales follows a similar format but falls short of its predecessor's simple approach by muddying up the production with dated electronic flourishes. Which isn't to say it's a bad album. On the contrary, despite some ill-advised attempts at would-be-hip DJ-style tracks, Catching Tales features more of Cullum's superb songwriting. Essentially a singer/songwriter in the tradition of such icons as Billy Joel and Randy Newman, Cullum is at his best when performing simple melodic songs ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum's previous effort, Twentysomething, was an uncomplicated mix of piano-driven melodic pop with a jazzy twist and some reworked jazz standards. 2005's Catching Tales follows a similar format but falls short of its predecessor's simple approach by muddying up the production with dated electronic flourishes. Which isn't to say it's a bad album. On the contrary, despite some ill-advised attempts at would-be-hip DJ-style tracks, Catching Tales features more of Cullum's superb songwriting. Essentially a singer/songwriter in the tradition of such icons as Billy Joel and Randy Newman, Cullum is at his best when performing simple melodic songs with some jazz harmony that make the most of his burnished croon and verbal wit. To these ends, the beautifully melancholy "London Skies" brings to mind Joe Jackson covering a Radiohead song. Similarly, the romantic and folky "Photograph" reveals the often sardonically snotty Cullum to be a top-notch balladeer. It's also at these soft rock moments, when he isn't attempting to gun down the jazz canon, that Cullum's improvisation sounds the best. Also impressive is his mid-tempo swing-cum-soul track "Nothing I Do," which marries Harry Connick, Jr.'s neo-croon to Stevie Wonder's R&B harmonies. If Cullum's only attempt at contemporary hipness was his inspired cover version of the Doves' "Catch the Sun," the album would be a rousing success. Unfortunately though, Cullum's expansive vision finds him collaborating with Dan the Automator on the leadoff track, "Get Your Way." What may have been an attempt to try something new ultimately sounds more like early-'90s hip-hop jazz à la Digable Planets replete with scratchy vinyl record sound and canned beat. Also disappointing is his reworking of the Harry Warren classic "I Only Have Eyes for You," which, while an attempt at a Massive Attack-style trip-hop track, sounds more like U2's equally atrocious 1990 Cole Porter redo "Night and Day." However, when Cullum sticks to his piano and a good melody Catching Tales actually bests Twentysomething and easily shakes the "new-jazz" tag he has been working against. [The deluxe edition of Catching Tales features an extra DVD of material including a documentary of the making of the album and tour, an interview, as well as photo and video shoots.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602498742839
  • Catalog Number: 000556210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Your Way (4:01)
  2. 2 London Skies (3:42)
  3. 3 Photograph (5:46)
  4. 4 I Only Have Eyes for You (3:58)
  5. 5 Nothing I Do (5:02)
  6. 6 Mind Trick (4:04)
  7. 7 21st Century Kid (4:00)
  8. 8 I'm Glad There Is You (4:09)
  9. 9 Oh God (3:38)
  10. 10 Catch the Sun (3:46)
  11. 11 7 Days to Change Your Life (5:36)
  12. 12 Our Day Will Come (3:55)
  13. 13 Back to the Ground (4:37)
  14. 14 My Yard (4:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Telling Tales (18:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie Cullum Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Xylophone, Moog Synthesizer, Omnichord, fender rhodes, electronics, Wurlitzer
John Heard Acoustic Bass
Ian Thomas Percussion, Drums
Alan Barnes Alto Saxophone, Soloist
James Gadson Drums
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Gavyn Wright Leader
Geoff Gascoyne Acoustic Bass
Sebastian DeKrom Drums, Background Vocals
Merlo Podlewski Bass, Bass Guitar
Terri Walker Background Vocals, Voices
Ben Cullum Electric Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Isabella Cannell Background Vocals, Voices
Mark Emms Background Vocals, Voices
Technical Credits
Joe Williams Engineer
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Guy Chambers Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Bob Hilliard Composer
Stewart Levine Producer, Audio Production
Paul Mertz Composer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Dan the Automator Composer, Programming, Contributor, beats, Audio Production
Geoff Gascoyne String Arrangements
Jez Williams Composer
Teron Beal Composer
Jimi Goodwin Composer
Ed Harcourt Composer
Richard Woodcraft Engineer, Digital Editing
Jamie Cullum Composer, Programming, Liner Notes, drum programming, beats
Ben Cullum Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Nathan Carey Producer
Simon Garfield Liner Notes
Simon Hanning Director, Producer, Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT MUSIC!!!

    Great catching lyrics, smooth music, amazing voice, what more can you ask for from Jazz?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Didn't catch me

    Unlike his previous cd this one didn't catch me. Jamie don't stray from what made you.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Words you can understand!

    What a great album, Jamie has a way of singing that makes you listen, and you can understand the words. Each song gets your feet tapping and body moving. I just love this young man and his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE

    The title really says it all. really good. If you liked twentysomething, you'll love this. If you've not heard Jamie Cullum, it's great too. No really disappointing tracks. It's pretty different from twentysomething though, so don't go in expecting a sequel record. For example, whereas twentysomething was entirely analog recorded, there are some (really obviuosly) digitally recorded tracks. I'm Hard pressed as to pick a favorite track. So, in short, great album, pick it up.

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