No jazz, but still addictive

No jazz, but still addictive

Jamie Cullum appeared on the music scene in 2003 with his debut album, Twentysomething, a jazz-infused collection of covers and original songs. He became well known for his jazzy interpretations of huge pop songs, such as Rihanna's Please Don't Stop the Music.

On his sixth studio album Momentum, though, he's moved closer to pop, and only featured two covers.

There's a definite '60s vibe to many of the tracks - opener The Same Things, and Everything You Didn't Do both feature the sort of electronic organ and drumming popular in that decade.

But there is a range of genres here - Anyway is RnB-tinged, Sad, Sad World is reminiscent of piano-based bands like Coldplay and Keane, while his cover of Cole Porter's Love for Sale is a deconstructed funk version, with a guest appearance by British rapper Roots Manuva.

Cullum's strength is obviously his talent for keyboard instruments, but he also has a way with words, writing lyrics like "I don't need a vision, I'm just waiting on collisions of the brain and the heart".

Fans of Cullum's jazz may be reluctant to give this more poppy album a try, but do: it's addictive, whether or not you know him.

YP Rating: 4/5



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