Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ‘Give the People What They Want’
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 09:02
The queen of Daptone is back with her fifth full-length release, “Give the People What They Want.” Initially, the album was due in late 2013, but development of the album and all tour dates were put on hold as Sharon’s health started to decline.
After a successful fight against pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings resumed production and released “Give the People What They Want” earlier this month.
For those not familiar, Sharon Jones is the lead singer of the critically acclaimed Dap-King band who, along with other artists at Daptone Records, has been one of the main artists contributing to the revitalization of soul and funk music from the 1960s and 1970s.
Their phenomenal live stage presence and musicianship has enabled them the opportunity to perform at the famous venues such as the Apollo Theatre in New York City and the Sydney Opera House. Most recently, they were chosen to play for the annual NFL honors awards show.
Heavily influenced by artists from Motown and Stax era, Jone’s vibrant voice harmonizes beautifully with the equally talented backing vocals of the Dappettes and the magnificent horn section of the Dap-King band.
While “Give the People What They Want” is in a sense not lyrically or conceptually groundbreaking, it showcases the ability of producer and band leader, Gabriel Roth aka “Bosco Mann,” to write songs that stay consistent with traditional ‘60s and ‘70s soul and funk music. Whether the song is about the social injustice of wealth distribution in “People Don’t Get What They Deserve,” or the up and down rollercoaster ride that accompanies relationships on “Making Up and Breaking Up,” Sharon’s passionate and emotional delivery enthralls the listener to continue listening to the entire album.
It is this emotional authenticity and delivery, a central component of nearly all recording artists at Daptone Records, which the album builds its foundation on.
While contemporary pop and R&B musicians compose songs that also focus on topics such as relationship problems and getting through difficult times in one’s life, Sharon Jones does an overall better job at crafting ballads and anthems that convey the intended message without having to resort to derivative or derogatory songwriting.
Overall, Sharon Jones and the Dap- Kings deliver yet another well-executed album that is packed full of energetic and memorable songs that are guaranteed to stick inside your head. So if you’re in the mood for some revitalized soul, funk and R&B music, I highly recommend you give “Give the People What They Want” a spin.
‘Stranger to My Happiness’
‘You’ll be Lonely’
‘People Don’t get What They Deserve’
‘We Get Along’