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Lauded British musician and songwriter returns with Taller
For his eighth studio record, Jamie Cullum wrote and recorded his new album at the studio of his longtime friend and collaborator Troy Miller, whose credits include Emeli Sandé, Mark Ronson and Laura Mvula. The 10-track Taller has the artist revealing a powerful and intimate vulnerability that's being described as having "all the passion and intrigue you would expect from a debut record."
Almost five years have passed since Cullum's last set, Interlude. The tone of the new project came after it began in a different incarnation, before he went back to basics to write about subjects that were personal to him or had aroused his creative curiosity.
"There's a line in a song called ‘Endings Are Beginnings,'" says Cullum, "that is ‘I write to learn what I'm thinking' and that sums it up pretty accurately - this album is like my working notes for life. I don't think I've made music like this before. I hope you can feel the joy amongst its moments of melancholy."
The title track "Taller," typifies the emotional honesty of the whole album. ‘‘Historically there has been jokes about my physical stature and being married to a taller woman," says Cullum of the song. "So I wanted to own it and it seemed like a great image to take, one that could be perceived as vulnerability and yet, vulnerability turning out to be a super power, rather than a weakness.'
Funk, pop and gospel are among the influences on display on Taller, on such tracks as "Usher," "Drink" and "Mankind." Says Cullum of "Drink"— "It's about dealing with things that are troubling and confusing, but how in taking them on, there is a freedom inherent in that, and suddenly they aren't so black and white, but nuanced. It turns out the gray is where the truth lies."
|2. Life Is Grey|
|5. The Age Of Anxiety|
|6. For The Love|
|8. You Can’t Hideaway From Love|
|10. Endings Are Beginnings|