While I have always liked Tom Jones, I have never really given his post 1980 albums much thought. He has always attached himself to whatever musical movement was hip at the time, from dance, to R&B, to Hip-Hop, with mostly disastrous results. However, when I read that he was going to be recording with Ethan Johns for this album, I felt a glimmer of hope. Like the Joe Cocker album Johns produced a few years back, Praise & Blame is a rootsy affair, with religious undertones. In my view, it is easily the best Tom Jones album released in my lifetime.
What Good Am I?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGawnVcpzB4
19. Weezer - Hurley
Sometimes I don't know what to think about Weezer. One one hand they released some of the best power pop records of the 90s, and then on the other, they have turned themselves into the alternative version of Smash Mouth in more recent years. However, I still keep buying their new records hoping they will go back to what they do best. …