The Pursuit (album)

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This article is about the album by Jamie Cullum. For the Evans Blue song, see The Pursuit. For the Evans Blue album, see The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends.
The Pursuit
Studio album by Jamie Cullum
Released 10 November 2009 (2009-11-10)
see (Release history)
Genre Crossover jazz, pop
Label Decca, Verve Forecast (US)
Producer Greg Wells
Martin Terefe
Jamie Cullum chronology
Catching Tales
(2005)
The Pursuit
(2009)
Momentum
(2013)
Singles from The Pursuit
  1. "I'm All Over It"
    Released: 2 November 2009
  2. "Don't Stop the Music"
    Released: 2010
  3. "Wheels"
    Released: 2010
  4. "Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down"
    Released: 2010

The Pursuit is the fifth studio album by Jamie Cullum. It was released on 9 November 2009 in the United Kingdom, and released in the United States and Canada on 2 March 2010. It was produced by Greg Wells and Martin Terefe, and mixed by Gregg Wells, Thomas Juth and Ryan Hewitt. The album's title is taken from the novel The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford.[1] The album was recorded at a Los Angeles studio using songs that Cullum originally recorded at his Shepherd's Bush recording studio, Terrified Studios.[2] The song "Mixtape" features Sophie Dahl on backing vocals.[3]

The first single from the album, "I'm All Over It",[4] was released on 2 November 2009.

Music Week critic Andy Morris states in his review of the album, "The Cole Porter cover at the start won't surprise you, but the house track at the end just might. Cullum's fifth album does justice to his musical influences: from the Portishead-tinged 'If I Ruled The World' to the wonky groove of 'We Run Things', it's bold, experimental and the best thing Cullum's done."[5]

Both the track listing and the cover-art for the album were released on 27 August 2009.

Track listing[edit]

Track # Song Songwriter(s) Length Notes
1 "Just One of Those Things" Cole Porter 4:35
2 "I'm All Over It" Cullum, Ricky Ross 3:40
3 "Wheels" Cullum 3:43
4 "If I Ruled the World" Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel 4:36
5 "You and Me Are Gone" Cullum, Geoff Gascoyne, Sebastian de Krom 5:05
6 "Don't Stop the Music" Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Stroleer Eriksen, Frankie Storm & Michael Jackson 4:49 Cover of Rihanna song
7 "Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down" Cullum 3:57
8 "Mixtape" Cullum, Ben Cullum 4:58
9 "I Think, I Love" Cullum 4:16
10 "We Run Things" Cullum 3:31
11 "Not While I'm Around" Stephen Sondheim 3:32 From the musical Sweeney Todd
12 "Music Is Through" Cullum, Ben Cullum 7:07
13 "I Love This" Cullum, Ben Cullum 4:45 US/Canada edition bonus track
14 "Gran Torino" Music: Clint Eastwood, Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Lyrics: Cullum
4:32 US/Canada and UK edition bonus track
15 "The Move on Song" Cullum 3:47 US/Canada edition bonus track
16 "Grace is Gone" Cullum 3:06 UK edition bonus track

Charts[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]

The album entered the UK Album Charts on 15 November 2009 at number 16.

Chart (2009) Peak
position[7]
Certification Sales/
shipments[8]
Austrian Albums Chart 35
Dutch Albums Chart 11
German Albums Chart[9][10] 11 Gold[11] 100,000+
Portuguese Albums Chart 7
US Billboard 200 42
US Rock Albums 7
UK Albums Chart 16

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 10 November 2009 CD, Digital download Decca Records
United States 2 March 2010 Verve Forecast
Canada Universal Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alison Kerr (7 November 2009). "Jamie Cullum: Meeting Sophie Dahl had an impact on my new album, The Pursuit". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Keith Bruce (6 November 2009). "The pursuit of happiness". The Herald. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Craig McLean (14 October 2009). "Jamie Cullum interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "First Single from The Pursuit"
  5. ^ "The Pursuit". JamieCullum.com. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "allmusicguide review". 
  7. ^ "Jamie Cullum – The Pursuit – Music Charts". Acharts.us. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Certification award levels IFPI. Retrieved August 2009.
  9. ^ ":: MTV | Album Top 50 KW 9 | charts". Mtv.de. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('The Pursuit')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  11. ^ "Air MTM". Air MTM. Retrieved 6 March 2012.