Twentysomething [DualDisc] Dual Disc
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Dual disc reissue. CD SIDE includes: Entire Album in CD Stereo. DVD SIDE includes: Videos of 'All At Sea' and 'These Are The Days', Video Preview of the 'Jamie Cullum Live at Benheim Palace' DVD, Entire Album in Advanced Resolution Surround Sound and Stereo, Photo Gallery, Bio, & Credits.
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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.
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!