KEXP.ORG Donate Now!

KEXP Reviews

Browse by one of the following:
ALLABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ1234567890  
Go
Tom Jones: Praise & Blame
Buy! - (Lost Highway)
While this Welsh singer has been a popular icon since the mid-1960s, he’s a great, somewhat kitschy entertainer known more for sex appeal than substance, so it’s quite a surprise to see him hook up with producer Ethan Johns for this raw, stripped-down album of bluesy spirituals. Even better, at age 70 his warm, booming baritone is as robust as ever, and he brings an impressive gravitas to a variety of great material ranging from plaintive folk ballads to grittier gospel blues, with some of the latter being some of the most vibrant, electrifying music he’s ever made. Special guests include Gillian Welch & David Rawlings along with legendary keyboardist Booker T. Jones, but this is Tom Jones’ show, and it’s his best in ages. 7/23/2010 - Don Yates