Spirit in the Room

Spirit in the Room

by Tom JonesTom Jones


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Although it isn't the revelation or surprising, extraordinary achievement that his 2010 record Praise & Blame was, Spirit in the Room is another solid, very welcome set of stripped-back interpretations from Tom Jones, produced once again by Ethan Johns, making those comparisons to Johnny Cash's late-period recordings with Rick Rubin all the more fitting. Know that the songbook has changed from classic (spirituals, blues, and traditional numbers) to more contemporary (Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, the Low Anthem, and others) and that Jones and Johns are both in top form and you've got the picture, along with that same frustration that no matter how fun "What's New Pussycat?" and "Sex Bomb" were, a couple more albums like this along the way would have been rich and rewarding. Jones joins the ranks of singers who have really "felt" Cohen's words in "Tower of Song," here in one of its most naked of performances, but as the dark carnival of Tom Waits' "Bad as Me" gives way to a frail, delicate, and lonely Richard Thompson song, it's obvious this one doesn't have that last one's purposeful layout, at least not until the fourth quarter. Exiting with the off-kilter and brittle "All Blues Hail Mary" (Joe Henry) and the spiritual/secular strangeness that's "Charlie Darwin" (Low Anthem) makes for a compelling suite, and while Spirit in the Room matches its predecessor on a track-by-track level, it's only in those last moments that the whole package seems as thematically sound and well designed.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602537018208
catalogNumber: 3701820
Rank: 76424

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sam Dixon   Bass Guitar
Ian Jennings   String Bass
Ethan Johns   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,E-bow,Toy Drums
Richard Causon   Piano,Drums,Harmonium,Keyboards,Tambourine,Wurlitzer,Clavioline,Tack Piano
Stella Mozgawa   Percussion,Drums,Brushes
Stile Antico   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Ethan Johns   Composer,Producer
Odetta Felious Gordon   Composer
Dominic Monks   Engineer
Robin Baynton   Engineer
Jeffrey Prystowsky   Composer
Joseph Lee Henry   Composer
Mark Woodward   Executive Producer
Jocelyn Jager Adams   Composer
Benjamin Knox Miller   Composer

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