Spirit In The Room (CD)


Tom Jones

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Amoeba Review

04/29/2013

In the U.S., Tom Jones is mainly known as the open-shirted baritone of such cheeseball classics as “It’s Not Unusual” and “She’s a Lady,” but in the U.K. he’s an institution, having been knighted, still charting and having had a No. 1 single within the past five years. Perhaps in a move to advance his legacy beyond the hit-making lothario he’s often known as, Spirit in the Room, his 40th album, is a naked collection of folk covers sung genuinely, even spiritually, covering songs by artists ranging from respected contemporaries like Leonard Cohen to antecedents like Odetta and Bob Dylan and newer acts like The Low Anthem. He tackles Paul Simon’s vibrant’s “Love and Blessings” and Blind Willie Johnson’s contemplative “Soul of a Man” with equal furor. And you haven’t heard Jones fully until you’ve heard him take on Tom Waits, making “Bad as Me” doubly theatrical. Bold, smart choices here pay off handsomely. After listening to Spirit in the Room, the next time you hear about Tom Jones, you might picture a Johnny Cash-like figure strumming an acoustic guitar rather than a rapscallion in an unbuttoned shirt.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Tower Of Song
Tom Jones 03:57
2.
Bad As Me
Tom Jones 03:33
3.
Traveling Shoes
Tom Jones 02:38
4.
Al Blues Hail Mary
Tom Jones 04:25
5.
Lone Pilgrim
Tom Jones 03:04
6.
Hit Or Miss
Tom Jones 03:41
7.
Dimming Of The Day
Tom Jones 03:01
8.
(I Want To) Come Home
Tom Jones 03:16
9.
Love And Blessings
Tom Jones 04:23
10.
Soul Of A Man
Tom Jones 03:49
11.
Just Dropped In
Tom Jones 04:36
12.
Charlie Darwin
Tom Jones 04:45
13.
When The Deal Goes Down
Tom Jones 05:27

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