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Raw Tom Jones has arrived !,
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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Initial post: Mar 15, 2013 12:42:27 PM PDT
J. Rusi says:
Why is it written that this will be released april -13 ? This cd came out last year. Price is high too like new one...
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