Give The People What They Want
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
The title of the sixth album from Augusta-born soul-slinger Sharon Jones couldn’t be more prophetic. Discovered by Daptone Records founder/Dap-Kings bassist Gabriel Roth when she was 40, releasing her first album at age 46, and beginning to reach her prime around 2007’s 100 Days, 100 Nights (when she was 51), Jones’ career has been a study in delayed gratification.
Coming off the success of 2010’s I Learned The Hard Way and 2011’s Soul Time, the band’s relentless touring schedule had fans’ anticipation for this album at a fever pitch. But when Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, some wondered whether she’d ever perform again. Fortunately the tough-as-nails soul icon bounced back, releasing the delayed Give The People What They Want and delivering the most potent performances of her career.
The album is another instant classic that could pass for some long-lost ‘60s soul gem from the Stax/Volt vaults. Songs such as “Retreat,” “Stranger To My Happiness,” and “You’ll Be Lonely” are so exquisitely executed, so soulful and funky, it’s hard to believe the album was made in 2013. In an era where music often seems cold and calculated, this timeless gem isn’t just what the people want. It’s what they need.