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Twentysomething

Jamie Cullum Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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1. These Are The Days
2. Twentysomething
3. Wind Cries Mary
4. All at Sea
5. Lover, You Should Have Come Over
6. Singin' In The Rain
7. I Get A Kick Out Of You
8. Blame It On My Youth - Jamie Cullum
9. High and Dry
10. It's About Time
11. But For Now
12. I Could Have Danced All Night
13. Next Year Baby
14. What A Diff'rence A Day Made
15. Frontin'

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English singer-pianist Jamie Cullum comes into view as an already heralded jazz-pop artist, signed to a million-pound contract and riding a CD that's already registered double platinum in the UK. The "jazz" label doesn't hang that comfortably on the 24-year-old Cullum--he's more in the mold of polished lounge swingers like Bobby Darin and Buddy Greco and has more in common with, say, Billy Joel (definitely a "New York State of Mind") than any traditional jazz artist you might mention. An ironist who covers both Cole Porter and Radiohead, he's aware of the contradictions that he embodies. Those contradictions drive the title track as Cullum's lyrics plumb "twentysomething" uncertainties ("Maybe move back home and pay off my loans/Working nine to five answering phones") while moving to a mock-primitive chanted riff that's pure '50s hip. What surprises most is Cullum's emotional and musical range, and the way he combines methods to create depth and complexity. "Blame it on My Youth" is delivered with the heartfelt delicacy of Chet Baker, while his reading of "The Wind Cries Mary" suggests that Jimi Hendrix might have just about invented smooth jazz. "I Could Have Danced All Night" explodes with playful energy and creativity, launched with scat singing over a rhythm pounded out on drums and piano wood. Cullum has energy and talent to burn, plus a postmodern knack for layering idioms that signals a welcome direction for jazz-pop. As "Lover, You Should've Come Over" attests, he can also project an emotional intensity that breaks through the clever arrangements. --Stuart Broomer

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JAMIE CULLUM Twentysomething (2004 US 15-track CD with the bonus track Frontin picture sleeve B0002273-02)

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1.0 out of 5 stars A shoddy rehash of other's material July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've had the dubious honor of getting to listen to this CD just about daily at my place of employment. I just can't respect it. No artist should have their "breakthrough" album be around 50% covers... and even as far as some of the tracks on here being standard choices to cover (a showtune like "I could have danced all night" for example), there are also plenty of songs written to be a testament to the sole artist's talent... I can't imagine a band as pretentious as radiohead selling their work to anyone, let alone someone who plays mediocre jazz-influenced lounge music. As for Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley (yes, "Lover, you should've come over" was done first by Buckley, and so well you'll understand why this CD is a debauchery just by hearing it), I'd love to know who decided allowing their songs to be rearranged and ruined here would be a fitting tribute to their memories. As for his own compositions (which I can't truly say he has, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt), they don't stay with me... they're just one more generic lounge act buzzing through the speakers, with the same piano, same haphazard lyrical rhythms... they could have been pulled from any CD featuring any member of the rat pack. This music was done best before most of us were born, and Jamie has done nothing to further the genre by my ears. He's only (appropriately given his name) culled songs from across the boards to serve his own fame. You'd be better off buying the original CDs, even with the low price of this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh New Talent On The Jazz Scene! July 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jamie Cullum's newest CD "Twentysomething" really is something. It's something that every music lover should check out. If you give this CD a listen you will discover Jamie's excellent singing, playing, song writing, and how perfect his fresh and innovative approach towards these wonderful songs fits into the contemporary music scene.
This album is a tasty mix of excellent new material combined with classic tunes from the past to create a very interesting and enjoyable listening experience. Jamie handles all this different material with an original style that captures the listener's attention without wearing them out. Through brilliant innovation and a truly unique approach to his music, Jamie exposes the listener to a whole new landscape of musical textures, colors, and emotions that challenge and satisfy at the same time. All art forms need artists that are willing to take chances and explore new ground, and Jamie Cullum has set a course to take us listeners to uncharted musical territory. This is one CD you will be playing 30 years from now and it will be as fresh then as it is today.

If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio "Swingin' With Style". His 13-piece band really swings and deserves a listen.
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When it comes to the music industry, every week there are several new artists that we are introduced to that deserve our attention, and Jamie Cullum is at the head of the list. With his newest release "Twentysomething", Jamie has managed to burst onto the scene in a big way. It isn't often that a new artist can follow-up a very successful debut album with an even more popular second album, but Jamie Cullum has managed to do just that.
This album is a tasty mix of excellent new material combined with classic tunes from the past to create a very interesting and enjoyable listening experience. Jamie handles all this different material with an original style that captures the listener's attention without wearing them out. Through brilliant innovation and a truly unique approach to his music, Jamie exposes the listener to a whole new landscape of musical textures, colors, and emotions that challenge and satisfy at the same time. Since his "Pointless Nostalgic" album, it is obvious that Jamie has matured into a vital musical force that will be a major player in the world of jazz and pop for many years to come. I can't wait for his next release.
If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio "Swingin' With Style" CD. His 13-piece band really swings and deserves a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected June 17 2004
By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
That's what the experience was listening to this album. It was all unexpected. Although it should been expected. America should have expected brilliance from a gentleman who has a double platinum album in England. America should have expected brilliance from a man who could do such a great live show on Conan O'Brien. America should have expected brilliance from a gentleman who is heralded on Jazz station and MTV. Now, we all the the opportunity to hear jazz with new spark and innovation that only those with connection to the roots of the music and other genres can. Jamie Cullem is new life force for a genre that isn't getting much respect lately. Many are glad with a present resurgence of Jazz from the likes of Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and even Tony Bennett is making another comeback (for the mainstream, he never left the hearts of the loyalists). Cullem should be proud to be considered in this group and proud to be a member of a movement that not only includes diversity in a genre of music that has strict guidelines from time to time, but also to add diveristy to what we all are forced to hear everyday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific vocal work
This is a terrific collection of jazz vocals. A nice mix of old and new with smart lyric interpretation and polished vocals. Very enjoyable.
Published on Nov. 3 2007 by Alvin J. Rebick
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love this CD!
I have had this CD for at least 6 months now and it is still pretty much my favorite. I love Jamie's slightly gravely voice, I love his piano playing, I love the lyrics. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2005 by T. P.
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing fascinating...
I wasn't really satisfied, to be honest. People seem to be attracted to the smooth jazz background and unique singing voice that Jamie has, but some of the selections... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Cullum
I heard "All at Sea" while on vacation on Long Island and instantly feel in-love with Jamie's voice. At first I thought it was a new Bruce Hornsby CD! Read more
Published on July 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Norah Jones meets Billy Joel
I heard his song "All at Sea" on the radio and bought his CD to check out more of his work. Jamie Cullum is truly an amazing musician. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Cullum is awesome!
Jamie Cullum is the next Frank Sinatra but cooler!
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Published on July 15 2004 by "jazzzzfan"
4.0 out of 5 stars Super CD!
Jamie Cullum is quite a talented musician. His covers are less covers and more like total reinterpretations! Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by J. D. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jazz+Pop+Rock+Swing Mix
I first heard about Jamie Cullum on the TODAY SHOW when I saw him perform. I really liked the song "Twentysomething". I bought the CD and I loved it! Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Old Navy Freak
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting artist. Interesting album. OK, here's the deal: You add in some Elvis Costello, then you add in some Joe Jackson and finally add in some Billie Joel. Voila. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Michael Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing - freshest, most appealing album in years
I have never been so excited about an album as much as Cullum's Twentysomething. His talent, personality, and distinct voice really shine through on the album - it's all very... Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Bradley B Brown
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