Tom Jones - Spirit In The Room (CD)

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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
Number of Items
1
Title
Spirit in the Room
Media
CD
BarCode
602537018208
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Naxos
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
602537018208
Previews

Q (Magazine) (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e thrives when bringing gravitas to the sparse blues of 'Soul Of A Man' and extraordinary tenderness to the Low Anthem's 'Charlie Darwin'..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The grain and gravitas of Jones's voice is perfectly suited to this diverse material, all unfussily arranged by Ethan Johns."
Uncut (magazine) (p.77) - "[A] serious album of serious covers....It suggests a great artist finding new and surer ground."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tower of Song
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] (I Want To) Come Home
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Hit or Miss
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Love and Blessings
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Soul of a Man
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Bad as Me
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Dimming of the Day
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Traveling Shoes
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] All Blues Hail Mary
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Charlie Darwin
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tower of Song
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] (I Want To) Come Home
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Hit or Miss
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Love and Blessings
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Soul of a Man
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Bad as Me
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Dimming of the Day
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Traveling Shoes
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] All Blues Hail Mary
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Charlie Darwin
Genre
Pop / Rock
Duration
37m 27s
Country
Notes

Audio Mixers: Dominic Monks; Ethan Johns.
Recording information: Real World Studios, Bath, England; Three Crows Studios, Wiltshire, England.
Photographer: Julian Broad.
Although it isn't the revelation or surprising, extraordinary achievement that his 2010 record Praise & Blame was, Spirit in the Room is another solid, very welcome set of stripped-back interpretations from Tom Jones, produced once again by Ethan Johns, making those comparisons to Johnny Cash's late-period recordings with Rick Rubin all the more fitting. Know that the songbook has changed from classic (spirituals, blues, and traditional numbers) to more contemporary (Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, the Low Anthem, and others) and that Jones and Johns are both in top form and you've got the picture, along with that same frustration that no matter how fun "What's New Pussycat?" and "Sex Bomb" were, a couple more albums like this along the way would have been rich and rewarding. Jones joins the ranks of singers who have really "felt" Cohen's words in "Tower of Song," here in one of its most naked of performances, but as the dark carnival of Tom Waits' "Bad as Me" gives way to a frail, delicate, and lonely Richard Thompson song, it's obvious this one doesn't have that last one's purposeful layout, at least not until the fourth quarter. Exiting with the off-kilter and brittle "All Blues Hail Mary" (Joe Henry) and the spiritual/secular strangeness that's "Charlie Darwin" (Low Anthem) makes for a compelling suite, and while Spirit in the Room matches its predecessor on a track-by-track level, it's only in those last moments that the whole package seems as thematically sound and well designed. ~ David Jeffries

Distributor
n/a
Audio Format
PCM Audio
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0
Performer
Tom Jones
Producer
Ethan Johns
Artists
  1. Jones, Tom
Date Released
2012-05-01 00:00:00
Engineer
Dom Monk; Robin Baynton
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