spirit in the room
the elder statesman of uk pop lends his voice to gems from diverse writers including richard & linda thompson, leonard cohen & paul mccartney.
opening with cohen’s ‘tower of song’ (accompanied on this & throughout the album by ethan johns) jones is charming & touching in his delivery throughout, placing his unique stamp on tom waits’ fiery stomper ‘bad as me’, the country tinged ‘hit or miss’ & haunting gravitas on the low anthem’s ‘charlie darwin’. deluxe cd contains 3 bonus tracks including a wicked take on ‘kenny rogers’ ‘just dropped in’. simple, raw & soulful. “another potent collection in the vein of 2010′s back to the roots hit ‘praise & blame’” 4/5 – mojo.