Tom Jones – ‘Spirit In The Room’

An eclectic mix of Americana and bespoke blues covers

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