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Jamie goes to extremes,
This review is from: The Pursuit [CD/DVD Combo] [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
In the first two tracks on this new CD, we get the two extremes of Jamie Cullum. "Just One of Those Things" is the swingingest Jamie has ever been. The bass is grooving, the horns are screaming - that's right, there's a full horn section. Follow this up with "I'm All Over It" which could very well be the poppiest song Cullum's ever done.
"If I Ruled The World" has an electronica feel lifted off of Aqualung's first album, with a great piano solo. "You and Me Are Gone" reminds me a little of the song "Twentysomething" with it's beat and riffs and, even though it's laced with some Latin percussion from West Side Story sounds like a more traditional Cullum arrangement, and maybe Jamie's best recorded piano solo ever. "Don't Stop The Music" continues Jamie's re-interpretation versions of cover songs with a great take on the Rhianna song - laid back, acoustic, and swinging. "The Music Is Through" closes the CD with a great, densely produced arrangement complete with a house beat.
Is it jazz? It's the furthest Cullum's been from jazz. It's jazz INFLUENCED pop. And there are some great jazz piano licks on nearly every song. But what makes it great to me is that it is the most DIVERSE a Cullum CD has been. The previous CDs all featured great songs but some of them droned on after a while. This album is fresh sounding from beginning to end and never seems to bog down. Very, very well done from one of my favorite current performers.