Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are a match made in soul heaven – the mighty Ms. Jones singing her velvet-smooth soul on top of the funk and soul of the highly sought after Daptone Records house band. If you don’t get up and dance when their gritty grooves, take hold – it’s time to check your pulse.
Jones belts out each track with power that calls to mind just one name – Aretha. That is quite a statement, and one that barely does this performer justice. Though better known, to this point, as a sought after background vocalist, Jones’ vocals command respect, enough so that her voice only could spark resurgence in the popularity of 70s style soul.
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The Dap Kings keep the break beats smooth and flowing, but their role is clear: backing a stunning female vocalist who shows what real music was meant to be. Though each song is as strong as the next, there are a few that seem to ring in the ears long after the album has run its course. “When the Other Foot Drops,” “Answer Me” and “Something’s Changed” are perhaps the most memorable of the lot; songs that you feel in your bones, your heart, in everything, everywhere.
If you have not yet heard of Sharon Jones, you’re not alone. But now that you know, pay your respects and pick up this album. You’ll definitely be back for more.
100 Days, 100 Nights is out now on Daptone Records.