Give the People What They Want - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the Brooklyn soul band was originally scheduled for an August release but was delayed due to the cancer diagnosis of singer Sharon Jones.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 91
    With their latest album SJDK give the people what they want, even if they didn’t know how much they wanted it.
  2. 80
    The 50-something from Brooklyn is her own diva and sounds at once wounded, defiant and exuberant. Producer-bassist Bosco Mann runs a tight band with its own tricks and which purrs along so joyously the influences fade to leave a core of unadulterated soul.
  3. Jan 10, 2014
    80
    A great album full of songs both uplifting and danceable, emotional and cerebral.
  4. Jan 16, 2014
    80
    The Dap-Kings prove once again to be an almost mind-bogglingly crisp backing band, with tickingly taught percussion, sticky bass lines and sweat-inducing brass. But it’s Jones, of course, who holds together every song with her now-classic vox.
  5. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    The now-well-established ensemble pulls off a notable twofer with Give the People What They Want. It’s made a full-length album that hangs together as a distinct whole, and it’s also written a collection of unique songs that stands tall as an example of what still makes the genre vital.
  6. Jan 14, 2014
    70
    A dozen years in, her brass-powered group is both extending and preserving tradition; it remains a national treasure and an instant soul party.
  7. Jan 9, 2014
    60
    The album is missing an emotional, drawn-out, heartbreaking ballad, but inspirational anthems like Retreat! find her sassing as loud and proud as ever.

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  1. Jan 20, 2014
    7
    Their formula is a decade old but their soul is still all there. Actually, with this record they seem to have gone a little forward in their 1965-1970 time bubble. Its great feat is sounding so impressively sixties; but there are truly beautiful songs on this new record, one for all "Making Up and Breaking Up". Expand