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Editors’ Notes

Five albums into a crusade to bring authentic soul music back to the people, some things have changed and some things haven’t for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. One welcome addition here is the fuller implementation of female backup singers, who play the (other) Supremes to Jones’ Diana Ross on great new material like the righteously dramatic “Retreat,” the Motown-ish “Making Up and Breaking Up," and the greasy, horn-driven “You’ll Be Lonely.” Jones continues to improve as a singer, and her vocabulary for phrasing, texture, and dynamic range is mesmerizing; just listen to her on “Slow Down Love.” Although this was recorded before Jones was diagnosed with cancer (she's now in recovery), Give the People What They Want will likely be remembered as the album that put her back in the game—and it’s a very welcome return indeed.

Customer Reviews

A Fantastic Body of Work

...although I don't see how iTune's editor comes to compare the tracks to Diana Ross and the Supremes. "Making Up and Breaking Up" is stylistically akin to some of the Supremes' early 70's work - after Diana's departure. Sharon's vocal and the backing vocals styles are more reminiscent of Martha & the Vandellas or the Marvelettes, if Motown acts are to be referenced. Maybe even Kim Weston.

Sharon Jones & The Daptones Give It

It's as as if Sharon Jones and the Daptones got into a time machine and while traveling listened to a Stax Records marathon. I can't find anything bad to say about this album. The arrangements, instruments, backup singers, and Sharon Jones make this an amazing collection from beginning to end.

Great live band

The band cooks live and she is a marvel.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning might be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brings to the funkified table has legs of its own...
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Give the People What They Want (Deluxe Version), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Jan 14, 2014

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