The Winehouse Mag

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are ready to give the people what they want! 

The title of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ fifth album,Give the People What They Want, is not the fatalistic catchphrase of a Las Vegas crooner, but the revival soul/funk outfit’s declaration that they’re about to hit music lovers in the retro sweet spot — again. Jones is superb and especially fiery on their latest release, while the mighty Dap Kings sound fresh and energised behind her ardent vocals. “Stranger to My Happiness,” “You’ll be Lonely” and “People Don’t Get What They Deserve” feature Jones’s raspy, gospel-tinged wrath blazing through disillusioned songs about love and life. The “people Unite”-inspired “We Get Along” isn’t urgent enough to be labelled an anthem, but its warm groove lifts the optimistic, tried-and-true lyrics to a comforting place. Although Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are brilliant Motown/Stax revivalists, their stalwart ’60s soul/funk, at times, hits the inevitable yawn note. “Making Up and Breaking Up Again” and “Get Up and Get Out” are too steadfastly old school and steeped in nostalgia to bring anything exciting to the table. However, pleasers like “Slow Down Love” demonstrate that the band are giving fans what they want: unvarnished throwback soul served with conviction and no apologies.


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