Praise & Blame - Tom Jones
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  • Summary: Not commonly known for his subtlety, the singer from Wales returns with an album that keeps it simple and goes back to basics--blues and traditional gospel songs that are spiritual and speak nothing but the truth.
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  1. Here, he and Johns are working with a faultless batch of songs.
  2. Take those hats off and launch them into the air for one of the most uplifting, career-topping albums anyone could have released, regardless of age.
  3. Praise & Blame is a stark, soul-probing study in imminent mortality.
  4. Jones has demonstrated with a new album that it's never too late in the game to take an inspiring artistic step forward.
  5. With guest artists like '60s organmeister Booker T. and Americana legends Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Jones and Johns have made a real statement in the same way that Rubin, and of course T Bone Burnett, do almost every time they produce an album. That statement is that the same people who set the bar decades ago for so many of today's acts to measure up to are still making a lot of today's best music. Praise and Blame raises that bar just a little higher.
  6. Praise & Blame may not inspire much panty-hurling but it might cause open-minded music fans to reappraise Jones's interpretive gifts.
  7. With Praise & Blame, Jones dials down the camp and tries to act his age--he turned 70 in June. So what we get is a more refined, more serious Jones, and that's no fun at all.

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