Spirit in the Room

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Spirit in the Room
Studio album by Tom Jones
Released May 21, 2012[1]
Genre Blues, soul, rock n' roll
Label Island
Producer Ethan Johns
Tom Jones chronology
Praise & Blame
(2010)Praise & Blame2010
Spirit in the Room
Long Lost Suitcase
(2015)Long Lost Suitcase2015
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Independent 4/5 stars[4]
BBC Music Favourable[1]
Pop Matters 8/10[5]
MusicOMH 3.5/5 stars[6]
NME 7/10[7]

Spirit in the Room is the 40th studio album by Welsh musician Tom Jones, released 21 May 2012 It was produced by Ethan Johns. The album is composed entirely of covers, largely of folk songs performed in Jones' soul style.

Among the songs covered on the album are Tom Waits’ "Bad as Me", Odetta’s "Hit or Miss", Vera Hall Ward’s "Travelling Shoes", Richard & Linda Thompson's "Dimming of the Day", and "Charlie Darwin" by The Low Anthem. Spirit in the Room also includes songs by Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney amongst others.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tower of Song" Leonard Cohen 3:56
2. "(I Want to) Come Home" Paul McCartney 3:16
3. "Hit or Miss" Odetta Gordon 3:41
4. "Love and Blessings" Paul Simon 4:23
5. "Soul of a Man" Blind Willie Johnson 3:49
6. "Bad as Me" Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits 3:33
7. "Dimming of the Day" Richard Thompson 3:01
8. "Traveling Shoes" Ethan Johns, Tom Jones 2:38
9. "All Blues Hail Mary" Joe Henry 4:25
10. "Charlie Darwin" The Low Anthem 4:45
11. "Just Dropped In" Mickey Newbury 4:36
12. "Lone Pilgrim" B.F. White, Adger M. Pace 3:04
13. "When the Deal Goes Down" Bob Dylan 5:27
14. "Hit or Miss" (radio version - bonus track) Odetta Gordon 3:20


  • Tom Jones – vocals
  • Ethan Johns – Bass, E-Bow, Electric Slide Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing, Percussion, Slide Guitar, Toy Drums
  • Stella Mozgawa – Brushes, Drums, Percussion
  • Samuel Dixon – Bass
  • Ian Jennings – String Bass
  • Robin Baynton – Engineer
  • Dominic Monks – Engineer, Mixing
  • Jose Gomes and Patrick Philips – Assistant Engineers[8]


Chart (2013) Peak
UK Albums Chart[9] 8



  1. ^ a b Aizlewood, John (30 May 2012). "Neither a sea-change nor a slump, this 40th studio LP finds Sir Tom on fine form". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spirit in the Room". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  4. ^ Gill, Andy (19 May 2012). "Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room: Spirits lift as the Voice shows he's a modern master". The Independent. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. ^ James, Matt (2013-04-26). "Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  6. ^ Paton, Daniel (2012-05-21). "Album Review". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Leonie (2012-05-18). "Album Review". Nme.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  8. ^ "Spirit in the Room - Tom Jones : Credits : AllMusic". allmusic. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  9. ^ OCC. "Tom Jones". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "TJI Fan Calendar Note; OFFICIALTomJones Updated With Pleasant News". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. 

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