Momentum seems to be an exercise in trying on different clothes, all of which fit in an off-the-shelf kind of way. On The Same Things, Cullum sounds like Laura Mvula (who happens to be featured later on Sad, Sad World); on Pure Imagination, there’s a bit of a James Blake feel (without the innovation); Anyway could be a Bruno Mars song. When Cullum abandons his jazz home-ground, he seems unsure of what to do, and ends up aping the sounds of others. He does this successfully most of the time – Momentum is extremely listenable – but without improving on, or really owning, the material he’s taken inspiration from.
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