Jamie Cullum - Momentum

Cross-over jazz star Jamie Cullum returns for the first time since 2009's The Pursuit with this rather affable new collection. Once again he delivers a hodgepodge of covers interpreted in his own endearing style, his charming personality resonating throughout. The cool jazz-pop of 'The Same Thing' gets things off to a fine start, while the rather lovely 'The Edge of Something' and a rather odd, yet still rather cool, rendition of 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka ....

But Cullum lets the side down by making that eternal mistake - the rap cameo. It almost never works and it most certainly does not do so here. What's disappointing is that Cullum's version of the chestnut 'Love For $ale' is actually rather good, edgy, and smart. Then Roots Manuva hijacks it with one of the most pointless and annoying rap interludes you'll ever encounter. A real shame. Apart from that rather heinous miscalculation the rest of the album continues on its merry way - and its fairly smooth sailing from there, with special mention going to the lovely 'Get A Hold Of Yourself' for doing a bit to help make amends.



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