"Our Day Will Come" has the tinge of disco, like that pop version of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" from when I was in Junior High. For me, Jamie Cullum is a clumsy Cassandra Wilson but a pretty fine Ben Folds. (If, through some gruesome quirk of social interaction, Cassandra Wilson is currently dating Ben Folds, then I would like to formally apologize to both and wish their children as bright as Jamie Cullum's.) If this disc sells, perhaps we'll be hearing more polyglot productions like this one.
The next Norah Jones record could be split between bossa novas and post-punk Bacharach covers -- who knows?
It was enough at first to be a super-talented, super-cute young guy who could croon a standard and adapt a hip-hop tune. Please cover the following bases, Jamie: So, can he -- in fact -- do it all? It starts with a funky, horn-driven number produced by hip-hop cat Dan the Automater (Handsome Boy Modeling School).
Catching Tales is an attempt to satisfy all comers. "Get Your Way" uses Cullum's acoustic piano like it was a sample and places his snappy/jazzy show-tunesy voice in a slightly odd (but danceable) setting.
Even "Seven Days to Change Your Life", which is written more in the Tin Pan Alley style, passes pop tune muster, with its clever lyrics parodying contemporary self-help books. Forget Starbucks -- can't we just get this stuff on the radio and usher in a new era of harmonically sophisticated pop? Cullum's attempts to update older tunes by hipping them up, giving them his boyish charm, or arranging them with half-felt hip-hop.
"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a dirge that just won't end. Cullum's tasty piano solo, it simply underlines the mechanical sound of the rest of the track.
Did he open that Parkinson had, in some way, made him less paramount.
It's a light, high voice, so it never achieves the gravitas of his obvious jazz role models (Bennett, Sinatra, Joe Williams), veering instead toward the cheeky fun of John Pizzarelli or the keening zip of Al Jarreau.
There was no particular emphasis on music in the curriculum, but Cullum began playing the piano aged eight.
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"Nothing I Do" is snappy jazz-pop with Manhattan Transfer vocals that, inexplicably, has a faux-reggae bridge.
"Mind Trick" and "21st Century Kid" sprint us back to '70s pop (a dash of Stevie Wonder? ) before Our Kroony Kid appears in earnest for an acoustic trio version -- plus subtle strings -- of "I'm Glad There Is You", the '50s standard. The mix remains about the same: pop tunes, slightly off-center standards (Ruby and the Romantics 1963 hit "Our Day Will Come"), snappy jazz-informed originals.
On to two pop-tunes ("London Skies" and "Photograph") that could have been sandwiched between "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Piano Man" on '70s FM radio.