BY FRED MILLS
From an early-‘00s small-venue gig which left clubgoers, including me, flopping around exhausted in pools of sweat, to a rousingly celebratory show this past March at Austin’s expansive Moody Theatre during SXSW as part of the Daptone Soul Revue, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have constantly been on my personal jukebox. Translation: I cherish every note, just as much as I cherished the Tamla-Motown and Stax-Volt 45s of my AM radio-listening youth.
So when the news hit last spring that the upcoming album from the Daptone Recs’ flagbearers was on hold pending fiery vocalist Jones’ cancer diagnosis, well… Treatment completed, and prognosis apparently positive, she and the band can now concentrate on gettin’ on with the gettin’ on via 10-song set of soulful sonic manna. From the Holland/Dozier/Holland-isms of opening cut “Retreat!” and the stiletto-heeled, girl-group vibe of “We Get Along” to the sinewy swamp-funk of “Long Time, “Wrong Time” and the gorgeous torch-song jazz of “Slow Down Love,” there’s nary a moment missed by the band to demonstrate that Sharon Jones is one of the greatest female vocalist currently operating.
DOWNLOAD: “Retreat!”, “We Get Along”
This review originally appeared in issue #14 of BLURT.