Tom Jones - 'Spirit In The Room'

An eclectic mix of Americana and bespoke blues covers

  • Release Date 21 May, 2012
  • Producer Ethan Johns
  • Record Label Island
  • Fact He released a track earlier this year which was produced by Jack White, called 'Evil'
7 / 10
Tom Jones is still commendably committed to re-imagining himself as a Rick Rubin-years Johnny Cash, by way of interestingly oddball selections of Americana and bespoke blues covers. Backed by a graceful but gritty band - which includes Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa on drums - a touch of the crotch-thrusting Las Vegas dazzler still flinches in the pleasingly demented showmanship on Jones' voodoo version of Tom Waits' 'Bad As Me'. The softer moments also shine, with a tender painting of Leonard Cohen's 'Tower Of Song' and a transcendent, baroque take on The Low Anthem's 'Charlie Darwin'. Cashback? Pretty close.

Leonie Cooper

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