Album Review: Tom Jones - Long Lost Suitcase

30 October 2015 | 4:06 pm | Sevana Ohandjanian

"As he moves further into his 70s he's shifting his image from hip-swiveling sex-bomb singer to serious balladeer."

Tom Jones is no stranger to reinterpretation of songs, and as he moves further into his 70s he's shifting his image from hip-swiveling sex-bomb singer to serious balladeer.

Long Lost Suitcase fits this to a tee, though the effect is somewhat middling. Often the songs are barely reinterpreted, like Jones' version of The Rolling Stones' Factory Girl. Yet it's all worth it for the undoubted highlight, his take on Gillian Welch's Elvis Presley Blues, carrying a moody electronic undertone with his voice echoing melancholic in the foreground proving he's still got it.