This is a surprisingly badass song for the artist best known for the 1960s schmaltz-croon of “What’s New Pussycat?”. Much as Johnny Cash spent his final years exploring the darker side of American folk and country music, Jones 2010 album Praise & Blame is a back to the roots affair, seeing Jones play a rousing blues set. Despite my initial skepticism, Praise & Blame became one of my favourite releases of 2010. Jones’ weathered, commanding voice is well-suited to the Evangelical blues hollering he pursues on this album. Check out a live version of the stand-out track “Burning Hell” below.
Tom Jones, “Burning Hell”