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JAMIE CULLUM The Pursuit (Decca) w SEEMS strange that, even after ten years, the jury's still out on Jamie Cullum. Jazz purists hate him for selling out and pop buffs berate him for not being edgy enough.

While his fifth album won't change that state of affairs, it is a highly listenable and easily accessible pick'n'mix of musical styles that will appeal to the mainstream.

Opening with the brassy big band swing of Just One Of Those Things, Cullum switches to singalong Sweeney Todd showpiece I'm All Over It, then eases into Coldplay clone Wheels, and a slowed down If I Ruled The World, lending the old chestnut singer-songwriter chic.

Joyous jam You And Me Are Gone showcases his piano skills against a backdrop of happy handclaps, while a cover of Rihanna's Don't Stop The Music oozes R&B chart appeal.

There's Bubl balladry on Sondheim's Not While I'm Around, Take That manband melody in Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down, and Calvin Harris-like synth pop underpins final Music Is Through.

Best are I Think, I Love - late night lounge jazz belied by messy night out lyrics - and the playful Mixtape with its mix of New Orleans and Killers pop. PC
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2009
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