Album: Tom Jones, 24 Hours, (Parlophone)

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'24 Hours' is the umpteenth in Jones's attempts to reconnect with musical relevance, and this time the direction came courtesy of his son, who suggested the retro soul vibe of Amy Winehouse might suit his style.

Aided by the Future Cut production team, it switches between sweaty Sixties R&B workouts and breezy, free-and-easy swingers. The torch blues of "Never" is a high point, but the finest moment is a cover of Bruce Springsteen's moving boxer's memoir "The Hitter".

Pick of the Album: Are you listening, Joe Calzaghe?: 'The Hitter'

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