Tuesday, July 27, 2010

tunes i like tuesday: i learned the hard way

The last few years have given us a revival of the sound of the late 60s/early 70s... a healthy blend of gospel, soul and funk. If thoughts of Amy Winehouse, Duffy or Adele come to mind, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  But long before these ladies graced the airwaves, there was Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.  If Jones' voice, slightly gritty, echoing of a well-worn life, doesn't hook you once she starts belting out songs of lament and heartache, the rich, full sound of the Dap-Kings horns and strings will. Her latest album, I Learned the Hard Way, has gotten a lot of buzz and has been selected as one of the NPR's All Songs Considered, "Listeners Picks 2010's Best Albums So Far".  Those of you who are tempted to think this is just a rehashing of 1960's soul music, should have a listen before making up your mind.  Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are the real deal.


Here's the video of the title cut off their newest album.  I love the nod to early 70's culture and cinematography.  The music actually starts at 1:15, so stick with it. (It's worth the wait.)  Let me know what you think.  Do you think this genre really has had it's day in sun or do you find it as refreshing as I do?

8 comments:

  1. I liked it! Does this mean I can get out the coat I have that looks just like hers?

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  2. I like Adele! Good comparison. :) Thanks for the visit. :)

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  3. Have I told you how awesome I think you are? You leave the nicest comments on my blog!

    To share the love, you need to google the current, Minneapolis area NPR - you will love it. They have a free daily downloads; great, new music.

    BTW - totally not sponsored by them or anything, cause I sort of sounds like I am ;)

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  4. I can't get it to play! I will try again later. But in the meantime, I just wanted to say that I enjoy NPR so much. I have not checked out the series All Songs Considered, but I am sure my husband is familiar with it. I'll have to ask him about it as well. :)

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  5. I really do love anything that is a throw back to that time. I don't want future generations to never know from where we came!

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  6. Thank you so much for your kind words. I remember your post about your son who is in Iraq. I read it shortly after my husband had been called to Afghanistan a few months ago. I know it is so hard to have our loved ones over there (Iraq/Afghanistan). I wish so badly that those who desire violence and hostility would just be stopped. I am so proud of our soldiers who are willing to sacrifice so much to try and bring peace and justice. I know that sometimes just their presence close to taliban headquarters keeps harm from coming closer to our country here at home. I read some of your past posts and I am just so grateful that you provide some info and pictures of our men at war. It is good to know of those who support our troops.
    Thanks again. -CK
    PS I really liked the song... I can't necessarily say it was refreshing to me but it was enjoyable. I love her voice.

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  7. ooh I like it! I love her sound. It's so jazzy and soulful. It's totally refreshing in our "top 40" culture. Sometimes we need to go back a couple decades and keep those classic styles alive. Thanks for joining my blog! :D

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  8. I like it! I love that kind of music and would love if it would make a come back!

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