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Twentysomething [DualDisc]
     

Twentysomething [DualDisc]

by Jamie Cullum
 

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British singer, pianist, songwriter, and performer Jamie Cullum can remind you a little of Harry Connick Jr., a little of early Billy Joel, a little of Elton John, even a little of Sinatra, and, ultimately, a lot of just himself. Cullum indeed draws from panoply of sources, but he’s been able to synthesize the best from each and transform it all into a personal style.

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British singer, pianist, songwriter, and performer Jamie Cullum can remind you a little of Harry Connick Jr., a little of early Billy Joel, a little of Elton John, even a little of Sinatra, and, ultimately, a lot of just himself. Cullum indeed draws from panoply of sources, but he’s been able to synthesize the best from each and transform it all into a personal style. Call it cabaret with a contemporary singer-songwriter edge. Mixing a handful of his own highly effective originals with a clever grab bag of well-loved standards and disparate rock tunes (Hendrix’s “Wind Cries Mary,” Jeff Buckley’s “Lover You Should Have Come Over,” and Radiohead’s “High and Dry”), Cullum somehow brings it all together effortlessly, betraying not a hint of self-consciousness. His all-embracing taste and blatant enthusiasm for a great song -- no matter its vintage -- combined with a true flair for singing and playing, mark this precocious “twenty-something” as a mature performer. It’s obvious we’ll be hearing lots more from this talented newcomer to our shores.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Already a sensation in his native England, 22-year-old piano man Jamie Cullum comes off like a hip amalgamation of Harry Connick, Jr. and Randy Newman on his sophomore effort, Twentysomething. As with Blue Note's crossover wunderkind Norah Jones, Cullum works best when he's not trying too hard to please hardcore jazz aficionados, but it's not too difficult to imagine his bonus-track version of Pharrell Williams' "Frontin'" turning some jazz fans onto the Neptunes. Showcasing Cullum's sardonic wit and lounge-savvy attitude, the album deftly flows from singer/songwriter love songs to jazzy barroom romps and reappropriated modern rock tunes. Cullum has a warm voice with a slight rasp that retains a bit of his Brit accent even though his influences -- Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tom Waits -- are resolutely American. Truthfully, Cullum isn't the most accomplished vocalist, and his piano chops are pleasant at best -- Oscar Peterson he ain't. That said, he's still a kick. What he lacks in technique he makes up for in swagger and smarts as many of his original compositions reveal. On the swinging and wickedly humorous title track -- a take on post-graduate slackerdom -- Cullum sardonically laments, "After years of expensive education, a car full of books and anticipation, I'm an expert on Shakespeare and that's a hell of a lot but the world don't need scholars as much as I thought." It's a timely statement in our overeducated, underemployed "dot-bomb" economy and deftly posits Cullum as a jazz singer as much of as for his generation. Also compelling are his choices of cover tunes, as he is able to imprint his own persona on the songs while magnifying what made them brilliant to begin with. To these ends, Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over" gets a gut-wrenchingly minimalist treatment, and Radiohead's "High and Dry" comes off as the best Bruce Hornsby song you've never heard. Conversely, Cullum treats jazz standards as modern pop tunes, reworking them into contemporary styles that are neither cynical nor awkward. In fact, his atmospheric, '70s AM pop take on "Singin' in the Rain," replete with string backgrounds and Cullum's percolating Rhodes keyboard, is one of the most appealing cuts on the album, lending the Great American Songbook warhorse an air of virginity. [The DVD side of this DualDisc edition includes enhanced audio, photos, bio, videos and behind-the-scenes footage.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498689752
catalogNumber:
000380682

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. These Are the Days
  2. Twentysomething
  3. Wind Cries Mary
  4. All at Sea
  5. Lover, You Should Have Come Over
  6. Singin' in the Rain
  7. I Get a Kick Out of You
  8. Blame It on My Youth
  9. High & Dry
  10. It's About Time
  11. But for Now
  12. I Could Have Danced All Night
  13. Next Year, Baby
  14. What a Difference a Day Made
  15. Frontin'

Disc 2

  1. These Are the Days
  2. Twentysomething
  3. Wind Cries Mary
  4. All at Sea
  5. Lover, You Should Have Come Over
  6. Singin' in the Rain
  7. I Get a Kick Out of You
  8. Blame It on My Youth
  9. High & Dry
  10. It's About Time
  11. But for Now
  12. I Could Have Danced All Night
  13. Next Year, Baby
  14. What a Difference a Day Made
  15. Frontin'
  16. All at Sea
  17. These Are the Days
  18. Bonus Features

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie Cullum   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Alan Barnes   Alto Saxophone
Francis Fuster   Percussion
Jamie Talbot   Alto Saxophone
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
John Parricelli   Guitar
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Geoff Gascoyne   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Sebastian DeKrom   Drums
Ben Castle   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Strange   Drums
Ben Cullum   Vocals
Martin Shaw   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Bob Dorough   Composer
Oscar Levant   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Alan Bates   Executive Producer
Jeff Buckley   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Andy Rogers   Producer,Engineer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Geoff Gascoyne   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Thom Yorke   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Jamie Cullum   Arranger,Composer
Ben Cullum   Composer
Jamie Cullum Trio   Arranger

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