On his sixth album, piano man Jamie Cullum puts a fresh kick over his usual pop-jazz fare by associating with soul, folk and, of all things, rap!
Cullum puts on his best show when he presents himself as a white man’s John Legend. There’s a lingering bittersweet aftertaste to both his singing and the languid twinkling keyboard on his remake of Lou Rawls’ “Pure Imagination.” In “When I Get Famous,” Collum fashions ‘60s pop beat, garage rock organ and big band trumpets into a slam dunk that wouldn’t be out of place in Legend’s or Tom Jones’ catalog.
Of course, there are misses. The big one shows up in his collaboration with rapper Roots Manuva on “Love For Sale” which tries in vain to bring a new lease in life to ‘70s lounge jazz. The heartache stops as soon as the song fades to the next track. “Get A Hold of Yourself” aims for Martha and the Vandelas’ soul shuffle but lacks the energy in building up to a jazz-rock flame-out.
“Momentum” sounds like Jamie Cullum’s stepping stone in expanding his palette beyond pop-jazz. It’s a brave attempt that bears traces of greater things to come.
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