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5.0 out of 5 stars The gospel train is about to leave from Cardiff Central, 21 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Praise & Blame (Audio CD)
Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, son of Pontypridd, aka Tom Jones, twinkle-eyed naughty knight of the realm, gets down and dirty with the Lord on this staggering album of gospel and blues, with a hectic dash of rock`n`roll thrown in.
Starting with a twenty-year-old Bob Dylan song, progressing through magnificently hollered overwrought belters such as Strange Things and Burning Hell, the rockin` hell-for-leather Don`t Knock, the much-covered (by everyone from Led Zep to Sandie Shaw) Nobody`s Fault But Mine, and a final trio of knockout gospellers Didn`t It Rain, Ain`t No Grave and Run On, this is a grainier Jones voice than we`re used to, and all the better and more effective for that.
It`s obviously an album he`s been waiting to make all his life.
One thing that strikes you immediately is the sound. Ethan (son of Glyn) Johns, apart from playing superb guitar throughout, has produced Tom with just the right in-your-face immediacy, giving these eleven songs exactly the rough-cut chutzpah they needed.
The magisterial Jones tonsils are those of a man of 70, but the power, far from being lessened, is now more concentrated, contained, and thereby much more moving than the rather stentorian Jones of yore. No Delilahs here - though plenty of Old Testament righteousness, mentions of Jesus, and apocalyptic menace. Delilah herself would`ve felt right at home. And Johnny Cash would`ve loved it!
I hovered between four & five stars, but the very fact that I find myself playing this short yet mighty album surprisingly often tells me to err on the side of generosity.
I bet Tom is proud of this. He should be.
Tremendous.
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