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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings — Give The People What They Want

Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ fifth studio album—and first release in almost three years—harks back to their critically acclaimed 2007 album, 100 Days, 100 Nights. Thematically, this album is similar to their previous efforts of love and heartbreak, happiness and personal crises; however, it is musically where this album excels in comparison to its predecessors.

The album’s energetic opening track “Retreat!” with its galloping beat and multi-layered production, is rather reminiscent of Adele’s megahit “Rolling In the Deep.” “Retreat!” leads right into the slower yet seductive “Stranger to My Happiness,” which wouldn’t sound out of place in the ’60s. “Long Time, Wrong Time” opens with a cleverly simple guitar line that plays throughout the remainder of the song, echoing the easy-listening sound of the entire record.

This album’s production is solid; the band and Gospel singers add tremendously to the experience of the album, making it a truly authentic sound. Jones has orchestrated a sound that reaches back to the height of the ’50s and ’60s blues; it’s timeless, and along with the witty lyrics that simply throw out questions and musings about today’s society, the album is cohesively pulled together with her deep, raspy soulful voice. It’s hard to find this much energy on an album today.

Jones questions the listener, “What do the people want?” What are we all truly looking for and expecting? And although “People never get what they deserve,” this album delivers musically, lyrically, and thematically. Give the People What They Want does just as its title implies, and it does it well.

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