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Praise & Blame

26 July 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Seconds Out Productions LLC, exclusively licensed to Universal Island Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 37:57
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  • ASIN: B003W5YSAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,663 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By B. Wright VINE VOICE on 25 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album right through, mixing styles from blues and gospel. It is a significant step away from the recent output of pop songs and radio-friendly collaborations; Praise & Blame captures Tom in full-blown singer mode, rather than entertainer. Indeed, his voice sounds magnificent throughout the album.

The comparisons to Johnny Cash are understandable as there are hints of the American Recordings in the choice of song and also vocal performances; there is a timbre and gravitas to Tom's voice that, while not quite as good as Cash in his later years, really shows his voice off in a way that perhaps his more recent albums don't. This album too is at times introspective like the American Recordings, particularly on the opening track, a cover of Dylan's 'What Good Am I?' or 'Did Trouble Me' where Jones explores questions of mortality. However, I would suggest that the style is more similar to 'Raising Sand' by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant. Blues and country mixes well with the occasional gospel songs on the album, and the tracks move swiftly and comfortably from plaintive ballads to scintillating blues numbers. There is not a weak song on the album and producer, Ethan Jones, is incredibly understanding with the arrangements, more often than not going with 'less is more'.

Tom Jones sounds like he is having a lot of fun on this album and it makes for an incredibly enjoyable listening experience. I hope that this is an indication of his future direction as he enters his 8th decade. Praise & Blame is highly recommended and while the songs are all covers, Tom makes them very much his own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Armstrong on 17 Oct 2010
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At first I didn't enjoy every song, but after a week of listening I love them all. I wasn't previously a gospel fan, and only a luke warm Tom Jones fan, but this is so different from everything else that you don't need prior experience of either. I'm recommending it to everyone I see. Its cheap as chips to buy, give it a go, you'll love it.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. L. Slade on 19 July 2010
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I've just come back from Latitude Festival where Tom Jones sang the songs from this album backed by the band on the album. Let me tell you, his voice is incredible, moving, resonating, powerful, soulful and beautiful. I'm pre-booking the album and I'm really looking forward to getting it. Can I just qualify this by saying I'm not a knicker throwing Tom Jones fan and I don't have his back catalogue. Highly recommended, five stars doesn't do it justice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerez on 27 April 2011
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Heard Tom Jones sing one of the tracks on Jools and thought, wow, this is a bit different. Bluesy and gospel mix. It's stripped back, raw and heartfelt - Tom Jones doing songs that he wants to do. Production is great. Ethan Jones getting the balance just right and letting the voice come through. In fact EJ playing guitar on most of the album. Tom Jones is to be applauded for putting this album out and lets hope it's the first of many. There have been the odd tracks over the years I have liked but never been compelled to buy. Now things have changed. More please, more !!!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2010
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If Wales was an independent constitutional monarchy it would have a King called Tom and a Queen called Shirley. Indeed Tom Jones is so "big" in this part of the world that the news of one of his record company executives describing his new record "Praise and Blame" as a sick joke was greeted with outrage and was the lead story on the local news. Was this an attention grabbing PR stunt or is this record so "left-field and radical" that it will alienate the Pontypridd singer's thousands of loyal fans? The answer is certainly not the latter since "Praise and Blame" is a great record and sets out a pointer that should provide Tom Jones with a direction of travel for many years to come.

As Tom Jones gets older it is illustrative to note how he is approaching his seventh decade as a "singer" not an "entertainer". The distinction is crucial since it may be that this direction may confuse some fans who like the image of the great man all "Las Vegas" style (although I very much doubt it). But the thing about Tom Jones is that he is a very shrewd musician who knows that time dictates context and while he could keep rolling out those greatest hits he is at that point in life when its time to be more reflective but also go out fighting. His choice of songs on "Praise and blame" range from all out blues rock outs to contemplative Southern gospel. All these songs are delivered by that VOICE that sounds as good today as it did when he tread the boards of South Wales "workingmen's" clubs in his twenties. Indeed on "Praise and Blame" it is the quieter more reflective pieces that really impress. The opener is a cover of Dylan's self-questioning meditation "What good am I" which sets the tone, where over a pounding backdrop Jones delivers a beautifully restrained vocal which is impeccable in its clarity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pudding on 20 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely LOVE this new cd by Tom Jones - I was never much of a fan of his early music, but his vocal talent is unquestionable. His distinctive and amazing voice is stretched in a new direction and is very well suited to this style of music. The musicianship throughout the cd is also fabulous. Some "catchy" gospel melodies and lyrics that seem to stick in the memory long after the cd has been played. A great production and I'd like Tom to do a lot more of this. I can't stop playing the cd - and I can't "praise" it enough! Delighted.
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