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Single Review: Tom Jones – ‘Did Trouble Me’/’Don’t Knock’

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When I heard that the legend that is Tom Jones was due to release a preach heavy religious album I found myself cringing at the prospect of such a thing. Further more there was the news of his own record label boss slating the forthcoming release to what looked like would be the brink of Tom’s public humiliation and the album’s post natal failure.

Tom JonesDid Trouble MeHowever, not only did Tom brush the criticism off his broad, rugged Welsh shoulders but the tracks on the records first AA single also prove to be a fantastic build up for the singer who is more used to sexual jirating and pulsating hip swingers than gospel records that rock church houses.

Quaint and melodic, Did Trouble Me is a Americana ballad which fits Tom’s booming vocals exquisitely. Less is more with Did Trouble Me which adds some banjo strings over a basic bluesy footing.

Paired up with Did Trouble Me is the A-side Don’t Knock which reaches to the opposite side of the spectrum with a belting, beefy number for Tom that is on familiar ground with what we know the Welsh grandfather of Vegas for. A catchy track for Tom who has also enlisted not only a trio of sublime backing vocalists on the number but also acclaimed producer, Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Kings of Leon) to add a folk charm to the single.

Praise and Blame, Tom’s latest record for which the two tracks is taken from, is due for release the same week as the single and both Did Trouble Me and Don’t Knock, give a superb glimpse into the records evocative and honest placing within Tom’s extensive catalogue and five decade career in music.