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In one of the most incredible, unforeseen twists in a career that is now approaching its sixth decade, Tom Jones has come out transformed as the gritty, bluesy, no-nonsense singer that he always had the potential to be. With a stripped-down approach, much like Johnny Cash’s American Recordings releases, Tom Jones shows us exactly why Van Morrison named Jones one of his favorite singers. Taking on the songs of Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker and other classic blues numbers, Jones is a most convincing roadhouse singer, playing not to the bright lights of the arena but to the sweaty patrons at the bar. Dylan’s “What Good Am I?” remains a dark question. “Didn’t It Rain” turns into a joyous gospel shout. “If I Give My Soul” resounds as a slow, spiritual journey that could’ve been recorded years ago. “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” is the sound of a man recounting his life as he nears its completion (Jones just turned 70). One hopes this is just the beginning of a new phase in Jones’ amazing career.

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Fantastic, do not believe the negative early press. This is his best work so far


Tom Jones is the man, Fantastic


Soulful, dark and broody, sir Tom I was very unsure as to what you were thinkin when I heard about this record, then I heard it for real, it's absolutely stunning. Well done.


Born: 07 June 1940 in Pontypridd, Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tom Jones became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. Since the mid-'60s, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music -- pop, rock, show tunes, country, dance, and techno, he's sung it all. His actual style -- a full-throated, robust baritone that had little regard for nuance and subtlety -- never changed, he just sang over different backing tracks. On-stage, Jones played up his sexual appeal; it didn't matter whether he was in an unbuttoned shirt or a tuxedo,...
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