4/5 The Fly Magazine Review - Tom Jones 'Praise and Blame'

There's something slightly odd yet wonderfully right about 'Praise and Blame', the record where Tom Jones - he of Sex Bomb - finds God through gospel and blues. As from the surprisingly brilliant and sombre opening of Bob Dylan's 'What Good Am I? Jones - with the help of Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon and Laura Marling's producer) - reminds the word what the voice can do. The result is striking, tender and such is the case with his renditionof John Lee Hooker's 'Burning Hell', exhilarating. Just like Johnny Cash before him, it could be enough to warrant a revival of cool, no easy feat for a 70- year-old man used to being hit with underwear.