Monday, January 20, 2014

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want (2014)

For over a decade, the band has traveled the world, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings.  While other artists have ridden the crests and troughs of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts and bodies of their listeners, transcending fleeting trends and demographics and delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans.  Give the People What They Want is poised to become not only an iconic album from a prolific band, but a fixture in the canon of Soul Music.

The album lifts off with “Retreat!,” an up-tempo stomper with ominous, thundering arrangements, and marches directly into the pulsing Detroit-flavored soul of “Stranger To My Happiness” before easing back down into the mellow feel-good anthem “We Get Along”.  Track after track, Give the People What They Want delivers every bit of the unbridled soul and studio acumen that defines this bands’ universally loved sound.

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