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Momentum [+digital booklet]
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2013
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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I just play this over and over, there isnt a duff track on the album. What a clever chap Mr Cullum is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
I can understand Jamie Cullum wanting to get away from his popular image and break new ground, but really, some of the songs on this album are mediocre to say the least and there is little variation in pace or volume. He can do (and has done) so much better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2014
I own, and often play, all of Cullum's albums as well as the DVD of his Blenheim gig.
For me this goes to the bottom of the list.
A huge disappointment.
I will play 'Pure Imagination' and maybe 'Get A Hold of Yourself'
but none of the other tracks.
'Love for Sale' is a misconceived travesty of the Great American Songbook.
The cover photo is a clever concept -- even if the lipstick is a bit too obvious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2013
I need to listen to this a few more times, I can't say it has grown on me as yet ! I prefer the 'old' Jazzy Jamie and this is taking some getting used to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
Initial impression was of an underwhelming disk. We're big fans of Jamie and love his last album Pursuit.
However on subsequent plays its beginning to sound more interesting. Goodness knows what style to call this, Jazz it aint.
He does seem to have left his Jazz roots behind, which is a shame. However there is some good stuff going on here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
This is Jamie's best CD yet. He is such an amazing artist. Fresh and creative, this CD is must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2013
Compared to Jamie's previous albums this one is rather disappointing. It's not that it's bad, it's just that with Jamie Cullum one is always with big expectations. I feel that there's not a clear way with these songs. I can't really understand the sense of some of the songs as they are uninteresting with some very boring melodies.

Well maybe it's just me. Let me just remark that I've been listening to Jamie's records for quite some time now (ever since twentysometing was released in 2003) and I've seen him perform live...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
I only really liked one song, "everything I did not do", which was the one that made me buy the CD but I did not particularly enjoy the rest...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2013
Loved the music and different tempos on each track. Wonderfully uplifting. Jamie Cullum's energy and musicality really shines through. Enjoyable.
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