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Pointless Nostalgic

March 6, 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Label: Candid Productions
  • Copyright: 2002 Candid Productions Ltd.
  • Total Length: 55:31
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  • ASIN: B000QQPKVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,560 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The music does not grab your attention.
B. Logan
What's most startling about Jamie, I think, is how very, very well he incorporates several genres of music to craft a style that is 100% his own.
M. MESSINA
This is a good album to add to the other jamie cullum cd's if any are interested in the works of this young artist.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M. MESSINA on July 27, 2005
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I discovered Jamie Cullum totally by chance, after seeing his name mentioned in reviews of some other singers here at Amazon, and I'm SO glad I did. Listened to the samples, then ordered both Pointless Nostalgic and his sophomore release, Twentysomething - and it was love at first listening.

The first word to use to describe Jamie is "real." His singing and piano playing are so exuberant, enthusiastic, and genuine, I think you'd have to be dead not to be transported into a state of bliss right along with him. The listener can tell immediately how very much this guy loves music: Jamie positively exudes a fetchingly youthful joy in performing that comes across even on a recording (I can only imagine what fun he must be to see in concert).

The second word is "original." What's most startling about Jamie, I think, is how very, very well he incorporates several genres of music to craft a style that is 100% his own. He must have grown up listening to many kinds of music; amazingly, Jamie has a feel for every style he tries. This is unusual: many rock singers, for example, fall flat when they attempt jazz; opera singers sometimes sound ridiculously overblown singing standards; but Jamie has a genuine feel and talent for jazz, rock, and standard ballads: he doesn't sound out of place performing any of these, but natural and comfortable throughout this album. It's a delight to hear.

But when I say his music is totally his own, I mean that you won't find another wannabe Sinatra clone here - and don't get me wrong, I adore some of the excellent younger proponents of the genre, like Harry Connick, Michael Buble, and young John Stevens. Jamie, though, attacks each selection in a fresh, new way I can pretty much guarantee you haven't heard anywhere before.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lowitz on April 21, 2005
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In response to a writer in the UK who thinks Jamie is "bland" I have to say he rocked the house at the Hot Tin Roof last summer on Martha's Vineyard. It was an amazing show and his music (who cares what you call it) is inspiring. We here in the U.S. are HUGE Jamie Cullum fans (also saw him at Irving Plaza) whether it's jazz, rock or pop!! All of his CD's are unforgettable!!
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2003
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This album, by the artiste Jamie Cullum, has received some extraordinary reviews on Amazon.co.uk. It deserves the attention of a wider audience. On the UK site, Jamie has been described as "the best modern male Jazz vocalist of our time" and "an amazing talent" who has produced a "stunning debut album". It's not surprising then, that he has recently signed a new £1,000,000 recording contract and won the rising star category at the BBC Jazz awards.
There are some quality performances here. Jamie has a vocal style that is a mix of Harry Connick Junior, Mose Allison and Stevie Wonder. He is accompanied by musicians who enjoy long standing reputations on the British Jazz scene. His own piano style is highly lyrical and provides a fitting accompaniment to his to superlative vocals.
Many of the tracks on this album have familiar titles but the interpretations are completely fresh. Well-worn Jazz standards are reworked to sound contemporary and hip. Most notable is the track `It Ain't Necessarily So'. This has been included on a recent UK compilation album alongside recordings by Louis Armstrong, Diana Krall and Frank Sinatra and it doesn't sound at all out of place.
`Pointless Nostalgic' also includes more contemporary material. The title track is an original, destined to become a minor classic. Jamie's take on Radiohead's `High and Dry' is a revelation and a favourite of many fans. The track has an irresistible coda that will keep you humming for days.
Somehow Jamie has produced a highly accessible Jazz album without in any way compromising his artistry. The album doesn't quite capture the sheer exuberance and panache of his current live concerts, but it's still an impressive achievement. Above all the fine quality of Jamie's voice, phrasing and languid laidback scat has to be heard to be believed, so buy this album and join the growing band of true believers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jessica R. Costello on October 7, 2004
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I have to admit that I first listened to Jamie Cullum's second album, "Twentysomething," before I listened to "Pointless Nostalgic," his first release. I found him in a book store in New York City (literally), and immediately fell in love with his music.

This first album showcases Jamie's uber-talent on the piano, but I was a little diappointed with the lack of original content. Nonetheless, it is still an amazing first release.

Many musicians cover old standards, but Jamie adds a new twist: youthful exuberance. I don't think listeners can really appreciate his music until they see him in person or in video. Jamie runs around the stage, plucking at the guts of his piano, sometimes deserting the microphone and signing through cupped hands. He smiles and waltzes around the concert space, spewing that one and only British charm.

Check out this first album for a very jazzy experience -- but pick up his sophomore release, "Twentysomething" for a more in-depth journey to Mr. Cullum's soul. He lets it all hang out, and I can only ask for more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CMC on December 3, 2004
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Saw Jamie Cullum last night in San Francisco, and he brought the house down at Davies Symphony Hall, opening for Chris Isaak at a charity event. He, and this album, are simply spectacular. His "High and Dry" is the best rendition of the Radiohead classic I have ever heard. He has an intense attention to detail in the way that he plays the piano (he plays all the parts of the piano, including reaching in and playing with the strings and pedals) that brings out all the subtle nuances in music. His "All at Sea" from the Twentysomething album is one of the freshest new sounds I have heard. His precision, immense talent, and enthusiasm make this artist and this album an instant classic. I recommend it if you are one of those people who likes to discover cutting edge talent before the rest of the world.
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