The Word On: Praise and Blame, Tom Jones

"He's done more than shallowly recasting himself as a gospel-and-blues interpreter. He's reached deep and tapped into the real stuff... a stark, soul-probing study in imminent mortality." -

"This new direction shouldn't come as a surprise, but it somehow does. If you've never even considered owning a Tom Jones record before, give 'Praise & Blame' a try. It may well surprise you." -

"He's managed to make himself something highly unusual for a man at this stage of his career: unclassifiable. Unpredictable. He's the Lady Gaga of Elvis impersonators, at once of the moment and eternal, disposable and persistently present. And, to address that record executive's four question marks, Tom Jones is no joke." -