By: Zessa Ghaisani |
Christmas must’ve been over already, but the vibe hasn’t gone away. Thanks to Jamie Cullum’s “The Song Society Playlist”, the vibe isn’t going away any time soon. Consisting of Cullum’s jazzy covers of various pop songs through the years including some brand new release tracks, the playlist is a perfect compilation for the holiday season.
If you’re a loyal follower of his YouTube channel, you’d probably have known that the “Song Society Playlist” project has been up and running since years ago. Granting fans’ wishes, now they’re all compiled into one playlist. The playlist is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Napster, and other music platforms to listen to, too. I find it fascinating that all of these covers, which were released on these platforms as a part of his 12 Days Of Christmas Covers project, were all diverse in style, yet Cullum’s funky piano tinkling plus his husky voice still make everything sound “very ‘Jamie Cullum’”.
He proudly claims that all the covers were unpolished, and he will also keep on going to make other covers in the future, cited from his YouTube playlist:
“I love learning other people’s songs. I find it teaches me a whole lot about songwriting which is particularly inspirational when I’m writing a new album (which is what I am doing NOW!) This time I thought I’d film and record it for you all to check it out and start an official Song Society. The songs I will be doing will be learnt and performed live, warts and all within an hour. These are NOT definitive reconstructions, just a window in to my own education!”
The playlist starts with “All I Want For Christmas”, one of the biggest Christmas hits of all time—tell me, who doesn’t know this song?—from Mariah Carey, which granted her the title of “Christmas song queen”. The jazz vibes Cullum gave feels so right in this song—who would refuse a jazzy Christmas song though?
The highlights of the playlist include Cullum’s cover of “What Do You Mean?”, originally sung by Justin Bieber, with catchy percussion sounds and bass riffs giving the semi-acoustic cover a funky jazz vibe, a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” with Cullum singing in his lower register – which dynamically changes in the hook part of the song, and a cover of “Thinkin Bout You” originally by Frank Ocean, with similar gloomy vibes and Cullum’s husky voice.
Not only covers, Cullum also included a brand-new release in the covers project—say hello to “The Place Where Lost Things Go”. Personally, this is one of my favorite tracks in the playlist. Taken as a cover from Emily Blunt’s “The Place Where Lost Things Go”, the track brings a fairy tale-ish lullaby to the ears of the listener.
Overall, the covers playlist itself gives us something to listen to while waiting for Cullum’s long awaited 8th album which he claims is currently in the works. It really adds Cullum’s unique vibes in the popular songs we’ve previously heard.
Score : 7.8 out of 10