Tom Jones' wife is his harshest critic.

The 'It's Not Unusual' legend, who has been married to his wife Linda for 53 years, admitted she is always honest when she doesn't like his work.

Tom, who turns 70 on Monday (07.06.10), said: "She's my wife and my critic. I always run my new music past her and she's always brutally honest.

"When I played her 'Mr Jones', the album I did with Wyclef Jean in 2002, she said 'It doesn't sound like you. Who are you aiming it at?'"

Fortunately Linda is a fan of her husband's new album, 'Praise and Blame', which will be released next month.

He said: "She likes the new one. I'm playing with a live band again and because the songs are so different, I get to use different parts of my voice.

"She's loved my voice since she was a teenager."

Tom, who rose to fame in Wales in 1964 following a string of gigs in working men's clubs, maintains that music keeps him feeling young at 70.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "I never thought I'd feel this good at 70 but playing music keeps you young and in touch. I'm really excited about the future."