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Praise And Blame Released July 26, 2010 39th Studio Album

February 7, 2012 by staff 

Praise And Blame Released July 26, 2010 39th Studio Album, Praise & Blame is the 39th studio album by Welsh musician Tom Jones, released 26 July 2010. The album was Jones’ first release with Island Records and was recorded in 2009 at the Real World Studios in England.

Produced by Ethan Johns, Praise & Blame was made up of largely little known devotional and gospel covers, marking a departure from the pop-orientated style that had dominated Jones’ recent recordings.
In an interview with HitQuarters, Island A&R, Louis Bloom, talked about how the concept for the album first came together:

“I saw Tom on the Jonathan Ross show a couple of years ago and he had stopped dying his hair – he looked great! I’ve always been a massive fan of his voice but in recent years he had been doing the musical equivalent of dying his hair in trying to make modern records that just felt too forced and missed the mark.

I tracked down his management and coincidentally they were also thinking they wanted to make more of a classic rootsy record.”

Upon its release, Praise & Blame received generally positive reviews from most critics. Giving the album four stars, Andrew Perry in The Daily Telegraph claimed that the album was “by far Jones’ best album in two decades” and stated that “with its loose, spontaneous sound, and the all-pervasive sense of artistic rebirth it’s a revelation.”

Similarly, Andy Gill in The Independent stated: “Overall, it’s an extraordinary achievement: Praise & Blame represents the kind of reconnection with his core creative fire that was hinted on a few tracks of his last album, 24 Hours, but is here left nkd and bleeding raw, bereft of showbiz blandishments.” Giving the album five stars, Gill labelled the album one of the best in Jones’ six decade long career.

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