Finally I got some time to listen more closely to Jamie Cullum's latest record: Momentum
Where almost all artists claim their last record is surely their best, Jamie would arguably have a point in doing so.
Love it or hate it, Momentum is a near perfect pop record. So fans of his more jazzy earlier records should maybe look elsewhere.
What Jamie does better each record is to load each song with strong hooks and memorable choruses. Each track could be a highlight if there would be only weaker songs on the album too. In fact there is one: "Love for sale" misses a strong melody and is not a very successfull attempt at doing rap I believe.
What stays on each album is Jamie's fantastic loose style of singing, and the wonderful organ and piano solo's on most songs (like the squeeking organ on "The Same Things", or the delicate tingling on "Pure Imagination" and "Sad Sad World").
The songs "The same things", "Anyway" (with an irresistable stumbling rhythm), "Everything you didn't do" and "When I get famous" are very catchy, while "Edge of Something" and the album closer "You're not the only one" have a more fully orchestrated sound. "You're not the only one" with its triumphant organ melody wouldn't even be out of place on a Coldplay record...
If I would have to mention one real highlight, then it would be "Pure Imagination" for me. During the piano solo I get a feel of the paradise Jamie is singing about. That's really as beautiful as music can get!