It would be unfair to call Sharon Jones a soul revivalist, totally inaccurate in fact because Jones, along with her band of smooth operating brothers The Dap – Kings, are. The. Soul.
This alone is a more than good enough reason to have Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings feature as our track of the day with their achingly nostalgic yet wonderfully fresh soul scorcher Retreat.
Jones seems to have come a million miles since our benevolent universe brought her to the attention of dynamic funk/soul master Lee Fields’ attention all those years a go. Previously working as a prison officer, the astronomical American vocal talent looks to have released one of her finest numbers yet, in an eclectic life and career that has seen collaborations with Lou Reed, David Byrne and the late, great Amy Winehouse.
Yet riding with the sonic waves of Retreat’s up-tempo sound, I suspect, is something rather sinister. “Play with me and you’ll play with fire, I can make you pay, ill burn you up it’s my desire, do you hear what i say” shrieks Jones in a gloriously powerful soul manner that’d leave many of the formidable soul divas of yesteryear quaking in their heels. Well, If the vivaciously aggressive vocal doesn’t give you any ideas on the tracks undertones then the brilliantly brash horn and Boris The Spider style bass arrangement should quell any lingering doubts.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings are certainly ‘Giving People What They Want’ with their fifth studio album, if the rest of the tracks have been recorded and produced with an ounce of the same vigour as Retreat.Top record.