Tom Jones: Praise & Blame

The Basics:
Never one to shy away from mixing it up, Tom Jones has gone as back to basics as someone in his position can go. Eschewing swanky production in favour of a basic stripped-down guitar/bass/drums ensemble, this sees Jones going back to his roots with a collection of blues, country and gospel standards.
The Verdict:
Ace. Not dissimilar to Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, to be honest. Production and banjo skills come courtesy of Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon) and the choice of songs ranges from Dylan, to John Lee Hooker, and with Booker T turning up, you know something’s getting done right.
9/10
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