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English singer-pianist Jamie Cullum comes into view as an already heralded jazz-pop artist, signed to a million-pound contract and riding a CD that's already registered double platinum in the UK. The "jazz" label doesn't hang that comfortably on the 24-year-old Cullum--he's more in the mold of polished lounge swingers like Bobby Darin and Buddy Greco and has more in common with, say, Billy Joel (definitely a "New York State of Mind") than any traditional jazz artist you might mention. An ironist who covers both Cole Porter and Radiohead, he's aware of the contradictions that he embodies. Those contradictions drive the title track as Cullum's lyrics plumb "twentysomething" uncertainties ("Maybe move back home and pay off my loans/Working nine to five answering phones") while moving to a mock-primitive chanted riff that's pure '50s hip. What surprises most is Cullum's emotional and musical range, and the way he combines methods to create depth and complexity. "Blame it on My Youth" is delivered with the heartfelt delicacy of Chet Baker, while his reading of "The Wind Cries Mary" suggests that Jimi Hendrix might have just about invented smooth jazz. "I Could Have Danced All Night" explodes with playful energy and creativity, launched with scat singing over a rhythm pounded out on drums and piano wood. Cullum has energy and talent to burn, plus a postmodern knack for layering idioms that signals a welcome direction for jazz-pop. As "Lover, You Should've Come Over" attests, he can also project an emotional intensity that breaks through the clever arrangements. --Stuart Broomer


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 - Jamie Cullum
9. High and Dry
10. It's About Time
11. But For Now
12. I Could Have Danced All Night
13. Next Year Baby
14. What A Diff'rence A Day Made
15. Frontin'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0001XANUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on May 24, 2004
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I definitely enjoy Jamie Cullum's "Twentysomething." Many people have blasted it for being too unoriginal, too boring, too "pop" sounding, etc., but the fact remains that this music is fun to listen to. I'd much rather listen to Mr. Cullum's music than Norah Jones or Diana Krall. Cullum runs through standards and originals as if both were his own. He takes songs by artists such as Radiohead and the legendary Jimi Hendrix and puts a spin on them that others wouldn't dare dream of doing. He takes a "no fear" approach to music. Perhaps that is why I enjoy this album so much. While other artists have become media darlings by pawning themselves to the public, Cullum seems to be content with doing his own thing. By being himself, he's captured the attention of millions. He's even played for the Queen.
Of the songs contained herein, "Twentysomething" is definitely my favorite. I enjoy "Singin' In The Rain" and "All At Sea." There isn't a bad track on this disc. Many have compared Cullum's sound to Billy Joel, and I can see that comparison, but Cullum is in a league all his own. He's fun to listen to and extremely talented. I highly recommend this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay L. Rudko on January 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Jamie Cullum could be called a British, male Diana Krall. His style is similar to Diana's, but he takes jazz and adds a pop perspective to it. And for someone so young, this is a venture few would undertake. I think the only exception was Harry Connick, Jr., who was, I think, only 23 when he released his first album. Listening to the opening cut. "These Are the Days", the mood is set for the album. I couldn't turn it off. "Twentysomething" sounds a bit autobiographical. And I played his rendition of "I Get a Kick Out of You" several times; one of the best I've heard. The Dual Disc format was perfect for this album. I listened to the DVD side in full DVD-Audio. The surround mix isexcellent. I'm one of these people who prefers a good surround mix to flat, two-dimensional stereo, and I was not disappointed. In addition to the highresolution audio track, a Dolby Digital surround track is included, as is high resolution stereo. There are also two music videos and a preview of his concert DVD at Blenheim Castle. The CD side of the disc is also very good, but if you have the option to listen to the DVD side in 5.1 surround, do it. You'll be drawn in both by the great sound and Jamie's boyish charm.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. R. SOUTH on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There's not a question in my mind that Jamie Cullum is a talented vocalist/songwriter/musician. He's also charismatic, earthy, and as cute as a button. I first saw him performing live on "The Today Show". In a brief interview with Matt Lauer, he came across without a hint of pretension, his performance of of the CD title song was lively, and he followed that by enthusiastically greeting a large gaggle of fans, many of which seemed to have just become immediately smitten with him. I can see that someone like Jamie would be very instrumental in bringing the joy of jazz to a younger audience.

I ran right out to buy "twentysomething", which I like a lot, but definitely do not love. If you're a jazz fan older than 30, I think you'll feel the same. The original songs (especially "These Are the Days" and "Twentysomething") work fine, but the standard "covers" are a mixed-bag. Cullum has a unique take on "Singin' in the Rain" (reminds me of Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange) and "What a Difference a Day Made", but "I Get A Kick Out of You" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" are almost awful. The biggest shortcoming is Cullum's singing style itself, which is really style-less. It's one thing to sound smoky, but Jamie often sounds like he was yanked out of bed and pushed into the recording studio after a long, drunken bender. The arrangements sometimes seem rushed and sloppy, with sudden bursts of volume where no loudness seems required.

I am still enjoying this CD in small increments, but overall, Mr.Cullum needs a bit more polish. Jazz purists beware!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
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Finally hitting American shops, Jamie Cullum's TWENTYSOMETHING is simply the best release so far in 2004. The original compositions -- penned by Jamie and his brother -- stand up amazingly well next to his unique interpretations of jazz standards and showtune hits. What ultimately catches you most off guard -- and holds you in their grip -- are the subtle covers of Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, and Radiohead, along with the catchy version of Pharrell's "Frontin'" (a bonus track for Americans that was the B-side of the UK "These Are the Days" single). Cullum's originality and energy are best showcased live; however, these analog recordings (under the classy, masterful production of Stewart Levine) give you an amazing sense of his development as an artist. Compared to "Pointless Nostalgic," Cullum's loosened up from his classical training, proves he's having more fun, and infuses the tracks with more emotion thanks to the scratchy, Van Morrison-esque vocals. When I first got the CD, I thought that it would just be background music for Sunday brunches and dinner parties -- but it's ultimately become the soundtrack for my life over the past three months. And as a side note -- it's always cool when you meet someone and find out that he's a really nice guy in person, and Cullum's appreciation for his fans is truly genuine. Highly, highly recommended for any music lover.
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