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Catching Tales (UK Edition)

26 Sept. 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2005
  • Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Universal Classics & Jazz
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  • Total Length: 1:05:10
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  • ASIN: B001KWDEJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,648 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Danny C on 16 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this after finding Cullum's two previous outings proving now to be a little tiresome. As good a pianist as he is, he never seemed quite right playing those standards. Slick, yes, but for real jazzers there simply wasn't enough 'proper jazz' in them to be essential albums.

This album is his best yet - but it would be a bit of a fallacy to call it jazz. The strength here is the songwriting and standout tracks are the well-known and sassy 'Get your Way'; the characterful and swinging 'Nothing I Do'; the soulful 'My Yard' and of course the lovely ballad 'I'm Glad there is You'.

Cullum has found an original voice here so lets hope he can continue in this vein and break-away from jazz-marketed-as-popular-music, which we all know VERY rarely works for anything more than one album. Oh, and the CD is very nicely produced too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Rossetti on 5 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let me first start out saying that I am a HUGE Jamie fan...and I mean, seriously. My admiration for him as a musician and performer are real and genuine, mostly due to the fact I am a musician and performer myself. He has remained the only artist, outside the musical theatre genre, that I have really fallen in love with whole-heartedly. With that said, I must give a little "eh" to his new CD. Granted, I do love his quirky jazzy antics like the next guy/girl, but I think this CD is a bit over-produced...in some songs there is so much "funky" things and weird instrumentation going on, I think it really steals a lot from Jamie's lyrics and musicianship. The thing that almost gave me a coronary was "I only have eyes for you"...it sounds like a 70's porn soundtrack...with one of my most favorite standards thrown on top. Now again, I promise you I am a Jamie fan through and through...but it really makes me upset cause I adore almost every single track 100% in TWENTYSOMETHING. Now, a lot of things are growing on me (like GET YOUR WAY, CATCH THE SUN, LONDONG SKIES)...and OH GOD is personally one of my favorites, besides a more "classic" Jamie-ized FASCINATIN' RHYTHM. Now, hopefully I will get to see him do some of these songs on tour, and who knows maybe I will like them...but for right now, I am kinda forcing myself to listen to some of the songs...like OUR DAY WILL COME and the HAWAIIAN background synthesized intro...I miss the TWENTYSOMETHING Jamie a bit, and I'm curious if anyone feels the same way. I'm all about him taking risks, but find a lot of this CD random and weird...anyway, sorry for the diatribe...this Bloody American just has strong feelings about Jamie Cullum and his music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hedge on 27 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Catching Tales is an album that shows just what a musician Jamie Cullum is. His own songs, and there are more than on his other album, are really great. His arrangements of 'I only have eyes for you' and 'Our day will come' are, in my opinion, the best. I am not really a fan of jazz, but I am a true fan of Jamie; his voice and obvious passion for this music is exciting and this CD is just pure joy to listen to
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As a previous reviewer has said. i loved twentysomething, so when this was released, i had the special edition for christmas. I was looking forward to it until i played it- what's happened i thought. Even on the second listen, i wasn't fussed, but it was better than the first. I then began to think of other artists who have changed the style of music on each album and looked at it being an individual album, rather than it being his forth (the first album only had 750 cd's printed!). Since then, i have loved how different it is and has showed that Jamie is not a one trick pony, and that he can do other things. He's always said he doesn't want to be labeled and wants to try new and exciting things, which any artist should do.

There are more original songs on here, and it shows how much jamie has developed. He takes a light hearted look at argueing in "nothing i do" but also shows his observation of the world in the touching "oh god," which was written two days after the terrible tsunami. Some of these songs really make you think, while others make you laugh. It's a good balance to have in any album.

If you want an added bonus, get the cd and dvd edition. Here, he talks about making his album and how things have changed. There is also a booklet with the lyrics if you want to sing along.

If you are hoping for another twentysomething, then you will be disapointed. However, if you're looking to see what else jamie can do, then get this and be surprised.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Michetti on 24 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Simply put: Jamie Cullum is one of the most talented musicians currently making music. Not only does Catching Tales capture his musical talent, it showcases his songwriting ability, which he has not properly flaunted on previous albums. For those listeners (and reviewers) who are so gratuitously caught up in defining the term "jazz," I invite you to think outside the box for an hour or so while Jamie does his thing. (Consider this: is any genre -- be it classical, hip-hop, rock, or jazz -- clearly defined? The lines are always blurry, and this is not a bad thing, unless you believe that music and musicians should never evolve.)

Catching Tales is about life lessons in various forms -- both musically and lyrically. "Get Your Way" bounces with punchy sampling (Joe Williams' "Get Out of My Life Woman") and tells of a stubborn anticipated confrontation; "Nothing I Do" blends a perfect contrast of a cheerful, rhythmic melody with lyrics of a tempestuous relationship; "21st Century Kid" ambles breezily about coming of age in a time of uncertainty, punctuated with easy-feeling chords and harmonies; in "7 Days To Change Your Life" we hear Jamie's well-known keyboard talent beneath tongue-in-cheek info-mercialish lyrics, with a style that is pleasantly reminiscent of Harry Connick, Jr.

And it seems Jamie himself is no stranger to reminiscing. Tales and tunes of nostalgia also take the stage in this recording: "Photograph," "Mindtrick," "Oh God," and "Back to the Ground" all demonstrate Jamie's unique marriage of insightful lyrics and appropriate, flavourful grooves. "Catch the Sun," though not penned by Jamie, is an upbeat and inspiring reminder to live in the moment, and although cliche, the energetic refrain might find you humming along.
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