Album reviews: Tom Jones, Declan O’Rourke and Beverly Glenn-Copeland

The Welsh singer in gospel/R&B mode; a seventh album from the Irish singer/songwriter and an electronic/jazz release from 1986 are this week’s picks

18th April, 2021
Album reviews: Tom Jones, Declan O’Rourke and Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Declan O‘Rourke’s new album Arrivals plays to his strengths by aligning lucid, short story lyrics with sublime melodies and scrupulous guitar playing

Tom Jones

Surrounded By Time (EMI)

In a plucky about-face of musical styles, Tom Jones has latterly jettisoned his “Medallion Man” decades and made an authentic return to his 1960s gospel/R&B roots. Surrounded By Time, the Welshman’s third such album in less than ten years (all produced by Ethan Johns), positions him as an octogenarian pop star you’d be well advised to listen to. Excellent cover versions, all suitably chosen, include...

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