Tom Sinclair
July 21, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Praise & Blame

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Tom Jones (Musician)
genre
Blues

We gave it a B+

People scoffed when Tom Jones showed up in Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary series The Blues alongside the likes of Eric ?Clapton. But Mr. ”What’s New, Pussycat?” has an unmistakable flair for black vernacular music. On Praise & Blame, the singer revels in gutbucket and gospel, delivering 12 emotionally charged sermon-songs with raw-throated abandon. Who knows? He might yet get some respect from blooze purists. B+

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