Pursuit Album Review In The Scotsman

Another album review here in The Scotsman

ALTHOUGH there has been some talk from singer/pianist Jamie Cullum that he wanted his fourth album to take him out of his comfort zone, the results don’t particularly challenge his image as “Sinatra in trainers”, as he flits from the straightforward ADVERTISEMENT jazzy interpretation of Just One Of Those Things to the uplifting piano pop of I’m All Over It.

Inevitably, it’s quite a tasteful ride, even when he kicks up his heels on the freewheeling You And Me Are Gone, and there are patches of easy-listening dullness along with way. Cullum can’t resist including another of his inoffensive lounge bar covers in the shape of Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop The Music, but his own synthesis of pop and jazz styles on closing track Music Is Through turns into a bit of an indulgent dinner-party jam.

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