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Spirit in the Room

Tom JonesAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Sir Thomas John Woodward,OBE (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer, particularly noted for his powerful voice. Since the mid 1960s, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, techno, soul and gospel. He has sold over 100 million ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Jones Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B009A881FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tower Of Song
2. Bad As Me
3. Traveling Shoes
4. All Blues Hail Mary
5. Lone Pilgram
6. Hit Or Miss
7. Dimming Of The Day
8. I Want To Come Home
9. Love And Blessings
10. Soul Of A Man
11. Just Dropped In
12. Charlie Darwin
13. When The Deal Goes Down

Editorial Reviews

Knighted for his service to music, with numerous gold and platinum records and Top 40 Hits, Sir Tom Jones is one of the all time great vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. Following in the spirited and undaunted footsteps of the critically lauded Praise & Blame (2010), and Pop icon though he is, Jones has delivered a landmark album in 2013 that has a unique kind of magic and is different from anything he has ever done. Spirit in the Room features all new repertoire made up of gospel, blues and Americana, and includes songs by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Odetta, Paul McCartney, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. Produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling) Spirit in the Room marks a new, adventurous path for Jones, one that is rootsy, bluesy, bold, and raw.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Tom Jones has arrived ! June 7, 2012
By DAK77
Spirit in The Room is a great CD and is an even more honest look into the heart of Tom Jones than Praise and Blame, his last CD. I've been a TJ fan since the early 90's and liked him for many reason but his ability to take chances and be himself was the most appealing to me. This CD is the most bare bones performance that I have ever heard from him. You can tell by this CD and Praise and Blame that Tom is reflecting heavily on his faith and the events of his life. He's not too worried about keeping up with today's scene like we saw before (The Lead and How To Swing It - 1994) and he's moved on from collaborating (Reload - 1999) but some how he appeals to millions through raw talent.

The arrangements on this CD are simple, sometimes even borderline jam session but I believe the message comes across quite clear that his soul is the centerpiece of this entire work. Don't look for many uptempo numbers on here, he gets to mid-tempo on a few but many numbers such as All Blues Hail Mary are mellow with light percussion or no percussion such as in Charlie Darwin and maybe some simple riffs heard in I Want To Come Home.

Overall I love this CD for it's honesty. Artists like Jones have earned the right to bare their soul in a music industry that no longer embraces creativity. TJ is old skool. Using the incredible baritone that God gave him to tell the world what is on his mind. I was skeptical about Jones' search for meaning in life when I first heard Praise and Blame but he's confirmed to me that he has matured 110% as an artist (though still reaching and growing).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year? May 2, 2013
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For a long time fan of Tom Jones, the Tom Jones most people know, the sexy, swaggering swinger, the belter of R&B classics and corny country ballads, the bigger than life crooner of movie themes and Las Vegas show stoppers, this new CD represented a challenge, one I wasn't sure I wanted to approach ... except I had heard him stretch his wings and venture into new directions before, and usually with great success (listen to his "Goin' Down Slow," and "Love Letters," featured on the Mike Figgis-directed segment of the TV documentary, The Blues (Martin Scorsese Presents Red, White and Blues). Not really crazy about the samples I heard from another recent Tom Jones effort, Praise & Blame, I wasn't too excited to learn there was more from a great voice whose star I thought was surely on the descent. Then someone sent me a link to a video of Jones doing Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song," and I was mesmerized. Here was a great, crowd pleasing entertainer who had somehow crossed over into a higher level of artistry. Don't take my word for it, and don't just dismiss him after hearing a few samples here on Amazon. This is deep, soulful music, sung by a voice like no other, with lyrics clearly understood and communicated. And the song choices! Odetta's overlooked, magnificent "Hit Or Miss," from a long out-of-print album of then-contemporary folk songs, gets an inspired, fresh delivery. Richard Thompson's oft-covered "Dimming Of The Day" is sung with the urgency of a man who knows he's on the final leg of his path to glory. Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful interpretations (4 and 1/2 stars) July 26, 2012
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Other than the Southern gospel-blues of Blind Willie Johnson ("Soul of a Man"/1930) and the traditional gospel of "Travelin' Shoes" (associated with Vera Ward Hall in the '30s), which seem like overflow material from his previous "Praise & Blame" album (2010--also produced by Ethan Johns), "Spirit in the Room" is a dual-era singer-songwriter covers album. Three of the covered songs (by Odetta, Richard & Linda Thompson, and Leonard Cohen) are from the 1970s and 1980s, while the other five (by Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Joe Henry and Low Anthem) go back no further than three years. While I find that his stunningly powerful take on "Soul of a Man" blows everything else away here (Jones is now clearly among the greatest living deep southern soul-blues singers on the planet, no matter that he hails from Wales), he is solidly soulful on everything else. I would even venture to add that all but three of the eight modern-era songs are, to one degree or another, improved by the Jones/Johns pairing of vocals and production values. Ironically, the two that are least up to the originals are two of the finer efforts here: "Tower of Song" and "Hit Or Miss." It's just that Leonard Cohen and Odetta operate on another plane and can't be touched. Jones will have to settle for the second-best versions of these songs that one is likely to encounter. I would rate his "Dimming of the Day" a dead heat with Richard & Linda Thompson (not that there is any kind of contest afoot); both are soberingly affecting. The best of the rest is easily the hauntingly apocalyptic final (as it would have to be!) track, "Charlie Darwin" (the Low Anthem cover). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tom Jones continues to sing on the top of things!
Published 9 days ago by Jose G.
5.0 out of 5 stars As he is: Tom Jones, Soulful, honest, & full of emotion
Tom Jones delivers a brilliant, edgy, and honest album. Each song is sung with all the funky, emotional underpinnings of the best R&B.
Published 13 days ago by The Cashmere Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You won't be disappointed
Published 1 month ago by Robert Haga
5.0 out of 5 stars ... from Sir Tom's many other efforts but it is wonderful. Very...
So different from Sir Tom's many other efforts but it is wonderful. Very soulful and introspective.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara J. Salo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Garvin
4.0 out of 5 stars A step in the right direction
Plus another half-star. For a very long time, I really, really disliked Tom Jones: the songs he did (including his biggest hits), the over-the-top, bug-eyed vocals, the cheesy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Tom Jones has done it again with this Album ...
Sir Tom Jones has done it again with this Album. He's 74 years of age and still has a voice that compares to no other. He's gorgeous .....the Album is Superb...... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book Collector
4.0 out of 5 stars Ain't no song like an old song.
Spirit In The Room is done in a style similar to Tom Jones' previous release, Praise & Blame. While it's not quite as good as that album, it's still very good in it's own right. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Edgy, he's not the Tom Jones I knew ...
Very Edgy,
he's not the Tom Jones I knew years ago.
Published 3 months ago by Gerard Laut
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
Loved the music - voice as strong as ever - saw him in concert last night and he did a few songs from the CD - amazing to me that at 74 he can still WOW the crowd - would go see... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kim Fiscus
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