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Album Review

Jamie Cullum tipped too heavily toward coffeehouse electronica on his fourth album, Catching Tales, obscuring his charms as both a jazzy pianist and a soft rock crooner, so he wisely scales back to his strengths on The Pursuit. Despite a brassy opening cover of Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things,” The Pursuit is hardly a retreat to Harry Connick, Jr. territory. Cullum anchors himself within melodic soft rock, providing a base for incorporating both his jazz and persistent electronica infatuations. Since The Pursuit is produced as a pop album, those electronica flourishes wind up seeming seamless, whereas the jazz runs feel something like affectations no matter how crisply they’re delivered. But all this only underscores what Cullum does best: unabashedly mainstream adult pop, whether it’s the insistent rush of “Mixtape” or the wonderful ‘70s throwback “I’m All Over It.” Much of The Pursuit mines this fertilely mellow vein, producing a bunch of understatedly melodic music whose consistency only suggests that Cullum should stop dabbling with detours and just accept his strength as a soft rock singer/songwriter. [This version features a DVD of bonus material, as well as a number of bonus tracks on the main album.]

Customer Reviews

We Missed You, Jamie!

I've been waiting for this CD for the longest time and I am thrilled. I didn't think it would come close to Catching Tales but it really surprised me. This is some good stuff--especially if you've been following Jamie since his older CDs. So...buy it and go see him live! He's still great :) it's about time, Jamie! I thought I'd be a twenty-something before I got my way. I'm glad there is you and I hope there's more next year, baby! But for now, this is lookin' good! GOOD STUFF.

Anyone get the joke? ;)

Musical experiment

Simply an amazing album. If you want to find a musician who is daring enough to experiment with an album (and do a really good job at it), this is the one for you. If you were thrilled by the first album, yet disappointed by the second, this one will more than make up for it.

Love Jamie's Style . . .

Jazz comes in many forms but this is so current, uplifting and easy to listen to that I would recommend this to anyone even if they aren't excited to hear another jazz artist. Definitely worth buying.

Biography

Born: August 20, 1979 in Rochford, Essex, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum mixes jazz with melodic pop and rock into a crossover style that calls to mind such artists as Harry Connick, Jr. and Norah Jones. In that vein, Cullum will just as often cover a swinging jazz standard as a modern rock song, and his original compositions deftly move from earnest ballads to songs of sardonic wit. Having played guitar and piano since age eight, Cullum developed an avid interest in jazz passed down from his older brother Ben. Inspired by such piano...
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