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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498689752
  • Catalog Number: 000380682
  • Sales rank: 126,014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 These Are the Days (3:22)
  2. 2 Twentysomething (3:40)
  3. 3 Wind Cries Mary (3:35)
  4. 4 All at Sea (4:32)
  5. 5 Lover, You Should Have Come Over (4:48)
  6. 6 Singin' in the Rain (4:06)
  7. 7 I Get a Kick Out of You (4:11)
  8. 8 Blame It on My Youth (3:10)
  9. 9 High & Dry (4:18)
  10. 10 It's About Time (4:07)
  11. 11 But for Now (3:55)
  12. 12 I Could Have Danced All Night (3:25)
  13. 13 Next Year, Baby (4:49)
  14. 14 What a Difference a Day Made (5:12)
  15. 15 Frontin' (5:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 These Are the Days
  2. 2 Twentysomething
  3. 3 Wind Cries Mary
  4. 4 All at Sea
  5. 5 Lover, You Should Have Come Over
  6. 6 Singin' in the Rain
  7. 7 I Get a Kick Out of You
  8. 8 Blame It on My Youth
  9. 9 High & Dry
  10. 10 It's About Time
  11. 11 But for Now
  12. 12 I Could Have Danced All Night
  13. 13 Next Year, Baby
  14. 14 What a Difference a Day Made
  15. 15 Frontin'
  16. 16 All at Sea
  17. 17 These Are the Days
  18. 18 Bonus Features
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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
Geoff Gascoyne Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Sebastian DeKrom Drums
Ben Castle Tenor Saxophone
Michael Strange Drums
David Jack Daniels Cello
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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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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