Tom Jones

The Lead and How to Swing It

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For some reason, some critics named Tom Jones as the most likely successor to Tony Bennett's throne as most unlikely hero to Generation X. So, Interscope signed the aging sex symbol and had him record with several of the hippest names in dance music -- or at least the hippest names in dance music in 1991. And the result, the clumsily titled The Lead and How to Swing It, is a record neither true to Tom Jones' core audience nor appealing to Gen Xers, simply because it doesn't feature Jones doing what he does best -- famous songs written by other people. Instead, it's a set of written-to-order dance numbers that are immaculately produced and sung, yet hardly engaging. And they're devoid of the camp factor that made his version of Prince's "Kiss" so entertaining.

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