January 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Give the People What They Want
Daptone Records
Street: 01.14
Sharon Jones = James Brown + Alabama Shakes
After a battle with cancer this past summer and the subsequent delayed release of the album, Sharon Jones returns with her Dap-Kings, more powerful than ever, with the appropriately titled Give the People What They Want—the follow-up to 2010’s I Learned the Hard Way. Give the People What They Want isn’t just a subtle throwback to ’60s soul music—it is the resurrection of soul music. “Retreat” revives a crisp ‘60s psych sound with stabbing guitar that is softened by a super funky bass line, warm horns and Jones’ smoky voice. “Now I See” is the anti-love anthem that has you jumping around your living room and forgetting all your bad relationships, and the album ends with a sweet and soft, horn-heavy love song, “Slow Down Love,” which leaves you lamenting the good ones. Jones & The Dap-Kings only get stronger with every release and every obstacle, making this one of their most solid albums of the past decade. –D. Russell

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