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There are Better Albums By Tom & Jools?
on 25 August 2015
Having recently listened to Tom Jones ‘Reload’ and ‘Praise & Blame’ which were undeniably excellent albums, I thought I would extend it to ‘Tom & Jools.’
On first impressions I am a bit underwhelmed by it. Yes, there are some nice songs on it, reasonably catchy, with typical Jools’ piano and big band backing. Tom’s voice as ever is in very good nick.
However, at no stage, with this selection of mainly rather ordinary & unexceptional songs does he need to extend himself. After a while some of the tracks tend to morph into one another? Some of course we've heard on Jools' TV show but even 'St James Infirmary' failed to lift me to a higher plain!
Many are rather short ditties; the whole album of 19 tracks is no longer than an hour, with 7 of the tracks in the two minute or so category. This is not a problem or a criticism, just a fact.
The album is decent enough on the ear, the songs and arrangements are nicely put together, as you would expect from a master like Jools, though I can’t honestly say that there was one track that made me sit up with the ‘wow’ factor? The whole album is a bit ordinary in that way - as far as I am concerned. Yes, worth a listen for sure, but not one for me, that I’ll be playing over and over. There are better albums for Tom Jones fans and probably better albums for Jools fans too?