Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Tom Jones’ Spirit In The Room

Tom Jones isn’t a name that comes up around these parts too often. In fact, the last time we mentioned anything that had to do with Mr. Jones, it was probably about his appearance at Outside Lands back in 2009. The velvet-voiced Welsh crooner is best known for hits like It’s Not Unusual, She’s A Lady and What’s New Pussycat, and has sold a staggering 100 million-plus records, since the mid-1960s. Over the last few years,  Jones has attempted to connect with a younger audience, similar to the way Johnny Cash did in the late 1990’s, with his Rick Rubin produced American Recordings albums. Back in 2010 Jones released Praise & Blame, produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, The Jayhawks, Laura Marling), an album that featured a stripped down collection of traditional folk and gospel songs, as well as several smartly chosen covers including a soulful, slow-burner of a take take on Bob Dylan’s What Good Am I?.

Jones, who earlier this year released a Jack White produced single, has again teamed up with Johns for his 40th studio album, Spirit in the Room. The ten-track covers-only album, which will be released in the UK on May 21, sees Jones tackling tracks from a slew of his contemporaries such as Tom Waits, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, and will also include a take on The Low Anthem’s Charlie Darwin. Last week Jones released the music video for his beautifully plaintive version of Leonard Cohen’s Tower Of Song. Let’s check it out…

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