Metro Album Review

Review from Metro.co.uk

★ ★ ★

He might be Radio 2’s official voice of jazz but Jamie Cullum will be the first to admit that he’s not made a ‘jazz’ record in years.

Instead he’s found his métier as a perky singer/songwriter, pitched somewhere between Ben Folds and Randy Newman.

His first LP in more than three years sees him embracing fatherhood and losing some of the puppy-dog enthusiasm (‘paint a smile on this sad, sad world,’ he croons) but stylistically he shoots off in various directions.

Edge Of Something is a dramatic Bond theme; Anyway recalls his old pal Amy Winehouse; Everything You Didn’t Do enters anthemic Coldplay territory.

Even the standards – a growly funk version of Cole Porter’s Love For Sale, featuring Roots Manuva, and a quiet storm reading of Anthony Newley’s Pure Imagination – suggest the ‘jazz’ label may have hampered him a little.

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