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Album Review: 'The Lead and How to Swing It'

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The Lead and How to Swing It

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Tom Jones (Musician)

We gave it an A-

The Welsh lion roars back into the mainstream with a surprisingly spry collection of up-tempo pop and soul. There’s the brassy Memphis soul stew of ”If I Only Knew,” produced by Trevor Horn, a techno-rave cover of Yaz’s ”Situation,” and the impassioned ballad ”I Wanna Get Back With You,” with Tori Amos providing choral flourishes. Sure, some of the album is cheesier than a fondue pot, but on the material suited to Jones’ peremptory delivery, he’s huffing and puffing better than ever. A-