Pointless Nostalgic

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All Music Guide - Karen E. Graves
With a few hard-to-find releases under his belt, Pointless Nostalgic marks the more widespread debut of piano-pounding British crooner Jamie Cullum. Barely in his twenties, Cullum has a wise old rasp that usually takes decades of chain-smoking to acquire. Cullum's move to mix jazz standards, American songbook classics, and contemporary popular music was a risky one that could easily isolate fans of each genre. However, Cullum managed to find a unifying thread in all of the styles, tying them together in a manner that seemed like the natural culmination of a diverse record collection. Jazz plays heaviest in the mix, but Cullum's version of it is lively and roguish. A ...
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All Music Guide - Karen E. Graves
With a few hard-to-find releases under his belt, Pointless Nostalgic marks the more widespread debut of piano-pounding British crooner Jamie Cullum. Barely in his twenties, Cullum has a wise old rasp that usually takes decades of chain-smoking to acquire. Cullum's move to mix jazz standards, American songbook classics, and contemporary popular music was a risky one that could easily isolate fans of each genre. However, Cullum managed to find a unifying thread in all of the styles, tying them together in a manner that seemed like the natural culmination of a diverse record collection. Jazz plays heaviest in the mix, but Cullum's version of it is lively and roguish. A rock & roll spirit among erstwhile snobs, he brings blue jeans to the beret set. The only real downfall of the album is that the music is often outmatched by Cullum's pipes to the point of distraction. The blaring horns are too often off-key and grating, detracting from an otherwise well-performed album. Highlights come courtesy of Cullum's diverse and well-chosen array of cover songs. While so many Harry Connick, Jr. wannabes stick to the standards and limply mimic moves lifted from Frank Sinatra's catalog, Cullum hops from Radiohead to Thelonious Monk with equal verve and accomplishment. Closing number "I Want to Be a Popstar" is a playful rumination on the advantages of being a pop star rather than a jazz key pounder. The mischievous romp exemplifies the lighthearted approach that has become Cullum's calling card, endearing him to jazzophiles and screaming young girls alike. Cullum's popularity subsequently skyrocketed with 2004's Twentysomething, which exhibited a fuller grasp of his vocal strength and featured a strong backing band to match. On that album, his increasingly scratchy croon wrings every sultry note out of Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should Have Come Over," and he puts a sly dance club spin on "I Could Have Danced All Night." Even with the expert selection of covers, however, it's his own cheeky nod to the restlessness of youth, "Twentysomething," that steals the show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Candid Records
  • UPC: 708857978229
  • Catalog Number: 79782
  • Sales rank: 108,144

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie Cullum Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
David O'Higgins Tenor Saxophone
Geoff Gascoyne Bass
Matt Wates Alto Saxophone
Sebastian DeKrom Drums
Ben Castle Tenor Saxophone
Martin Gladdish Trombone
Martin Shaw Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dave Frishberg Composer
David Mann Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Alan Bates Producer, Executive Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Mark Chamberlain Engineer
Howard Dietz Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Marty Paich Arranger
Thelonious Monk Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Harry Warren Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Colin Greenwood Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Julian Jackson Arranger
Geoff Gascoyne Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Thom Yorke Composer
Jerry Block Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Ben Castle Arranger
Jamie Cullum Arranger, Composer, Producer
Marc Connor Producer
Ben Cullum Composer
Derek Nash Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Larry Holofcenor Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great listening!!!

    Awesome debut!!!!! In the beginning, you almost think you are listening to Sinatra or Connick Jr. Get it now!!!!

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    Posted July 28, 2009

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