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?
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