In the ranks of contemporary music, there are precious few whose status is such that they have been awarded a literal knighthood from the Queen for the services they have rendered.For that matter, there are perhaps even fewer whose live performances have consistently featured enraptured women tossing their undergarments toward the stage. And even fewer of them have the voice—and the charisma—of legendary singer Tom Jones.
If you look to the right of this post you will see that we are giving away a free mp3 download of the superb 'Hit Or Miss', taken from 'Spirit In The Room'. This is to celebrate a one month countdown until Spirits release in the US. [...]
For anyone who wasn't lucky enough to see Tom in Hyde Park on Sunday, you can watch the entire set here!
Before TV viewers ask, there is, thankfully, no version of U2's Beautiful Day on Tom Jones's latest record. Like its successful predecessor, 2010's God-fearing Praise & Blame, Spirit in the Room is an album of covers. It does not feature Jones's most recent venture into other artists' material, however, in which the massed ranks (and we use the word "rank" advisedly) of Jones and his fellow judges on BBC1's The Voice performed cruel and unusual punishments upon Beautiful Day the other week. You almost felt for the Irish rock titans as the remains of their Day lay bleeding on to the set. On the other hand, neither does this album feature Jones's blistering cover of Howlin' Wolf's Evil, or his extraordinary take on Jezebel, recorded with Jack White in the manner of a satanic Delilah. [...]
Continuing the association with producer Ethan Johns that proved so fruitful on Praise and Blame, Tom Jones's 2010 exploration of American blues and gospel modes, Spirit in the Room takes a decisive step forward by focusing instead on a more modern repertoire. The sound remains substantially the same, but rather than pitting himself against history, as it were, Sir Tom here tests his interpretive grasp of contemporary classics. [...]
Full marks for nerve to Tom Jones for opening his second successive album of stripped-down gravitas rock with Leonard Cohen's Tower of Song, transformed from hotel-bar funk into a finger-picked country blues. Cohen's version is a mordant, blackly comic meditation, but Jones can't play lines about "born with the gift of a golden voice" for laughs and so he turns it, unexpectedly and triumphantly, into a eulogy for a life in music. [...]
Read 3 great reviews of 'Spirit In The Room' from NME, Time Out and Woman's Weekly Magazine [...]
Tom follows the announcement of the May release of his eagerly awaited new album ‘Spirit In The Room’ with news of a new AA sided single ‘Hit Or Miss’/‘Bad As Me’ on 14th May through Island Records. Hit Or Miss will be available to download from I tunes on Saturday 28th April ahead of the May 14th Impact date. [...]
This morning on BBC Radio 2, Zoe Ball (filling in for Ken Bruce) gave the first exclusive play of 'Hit Or Miss' from Tom's new album 'Spirit In The Room'.You can listen back to the show via the BBC iplayer and pay particular attention to 0:39:30 minutes!
The world first radio play of 'Hit Or Miss' from Tom's forthcoming album 'Spirit In The Room' will be on Thursday 12th April on Ken Bruce's (with Zoe Ball standing in) BBC Radio 2 show between 9:30am - 12noon GMT.
We are pleased to announce the follow up to 2010’s acclaimed collection of songs that was ‘Praise and Blame’ with the release of ‘Spirit In The Room’ on 21st May 2012 through Island Records. [...]