Experimental Music Love

November 9, 2008

Tom Jones – 24 Hours

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 9:41 pm
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Tom JonesTom Jones – 24 Hours

“I’m alive” screams Tom Jones at the start of this, his 27th studio album.  Don’t worry Tom, we didn’t think you were anything less.  Who could ignore a voice like this?

24 Hours marks the legendary Welshman’s continued vigour and vitality first thrusted into your face in the remarkable Reload that saw the beginning of a resurgence into people’s minds and loins.

I’m Alive confirms Jones’ resurgence throughout, with horn blasts, rock ‘n’ roll riffs, and, of course, that amazing blast from 60-year-old lungs that is no less weaker than in his Delilah prime.

Indeed, it could fairly be said that this is Jones’ prime, creating an album full of passion and poignancy, all over-ridden by a burning cool that few could hope to emulate.

Just take If He Should Ever Leave You.  This could be Burt Bacharach at his toe-tapping, woman-swaying best, with lyrics of repentant desire, and those 60s sighs that make ever record sound 10 times sexier. Brilliant.

Give a Little Love is again reminiscent of hedonist swing that Jones only too fully embraces, whereas We Got Love and In Style and Rhythm show a more refined funk that still hint at a subtle sexuality.


The croon doesn’t just spout sex though, as Jones explores a modern darkness that brings to mind even the heartbreak of Johnny Cash’s final few works.  Seasons is Jones contemplating his many years, marking an astounding realism, but it’s on Springsteen cover, The Hitter, that shows up just who really is The Boss.


And with the shivering march of the title track to close, this is Jones in peak form, showing a darkness only hinted at before, yet also unafraid to upset the critics and please the public with his signature vivacity. 




Released 17th Nov



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