The Lead and How to Swing It The Welsh lion roars back into the mainstream with a surprisingly spry collection of up-tempo pop and soul. There's the brassy Memphis soul stew of… The Lead and How to Swing It The Welsh lion roars back into the mainstream with a surprisingly spry collection of up-tempo pop and soul. There's the brassy Memphis soul stew of… Tom Jones (Musician)
Music Review

Album Review: 'The Lead and How to Swing It'

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Tom Jones (Musician)

The Welsh lion roars back into the mainstream with a surprisingly spry collection of up-tempo pop and soul. There's the brassy Memphis soul stew of ''If I Only Knew,'' produced by Trevor Horn, a techno-rave cover of Yaz's ''Situation,'' and the impassioned ballad ''I Wanna Get Back With You,'' with Tori Amos providing choral flourishes. Sure, some of the album is cheesier than a fondue pot, but on the material suited to Jones' peremptory delivery, he's huffing and puffing better than ever. A-

Originally posted Oct 21, 1994 Published in issue #245 Oct 21, 1994 Order article reprints
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