4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Twentysomething [Special Edition] (Audio CD)
I first saw Jamie on Parkinson. Michael seemed really excited and as i love music, i was interested to hear what was coming. From the moment he tapped on his piano, i fell in love with him. I knew then that he would become very big. It was because of that performance i asked for the album for christmas and i have loved it ever since.
Some of the reviews seem very harse on here- how can someone review something they heard on the phone in a car? I've heard plenty of tracks waiting in a phone queue and hated them, only to hear the same track a few days later on the radio or on cd and love it. Some have also complained it isn't pure jazz- jazz is probably the most diverse genre in music as it alows other genres to influence the tracks. If you compare it to older jazz records, then yes this may be true, but this is jazz with a twist, and at the time of release, it was very different from what was on offer. I also agree with the reviewer that said about the special edition- that's the version that was bought for me, but it grates me to think they can do this. I bought viva la vida and a few weeks later, they released prospects march- how unfair is that?!
There is a mixture of covers and his own work here. You have upbeat numbers such as "i could have danced all night" to the ballads such as "blame it on my youth" (it was thanks to jamie i covered the song in a performance and got a high mark!). What i love about jamie is the fact that he can't notate music, yet he still manages to produce his own fantastic materials. It inspired me by making me realise that as long as you understand the music, then it will sound great, as he does here. I love playing this album on a sunday morning, during my lazy days in the summer, or when i want some me time- can't go wrong with a book and a cuppa whilst jamie gently sings in the background.
This is my favourite jamie cullum album, although i love the others as well. He's got a new album out soon which i can't wait for. If you need a lift, get this album- you won't regret it!