Entertainment Weekly - p.75
"[T]he singer revels in gutbucket and gospel, delivering 12 emotionally charged sermon-songs with raw-throated abandon." -- Grade: B+
Billboard (p.48) - "[O]n PRAISE & BLAME, that gusty Northern soul voice sounds as righteous and true as it does when he's operating in the more carnal regions of his catalog."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.51Ranked #41
in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] proved that Jones, at 70, was still evolving as an artist."
Personnel: Tom Jones (vocals); Ethan Johns (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Ethan Johns.
Recording information: Real World Studios, Bath, England; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; Three Crows Studios, Bath, England.
Having just turned 70 years young, Tom Jones now applies his mighty voice to the American Songbook, singing the songs of Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Billy Joe Shaver, and others on Praise & Blame. Preceded by the single "Burning Hell," a cover of the John Lee Hooker classic, the roots, gospel, and blues-inspired album was produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright) and features Booker T. Jones, B.J. Cole, and Gillian Welch as guests.