Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Soul Time!
2011 – Daptone Records
The album starts off with “Genuine”, part 1 and 2 and one would be hard pressed to find a funkier track anywhere. The bass is high in the mix, which works perfectly for this sort of music. The drummer is crisp and has a groove that hits you in your soul. As we move to the next track, “Longer and Stronger”, we get to experience the full power of Sharon Jones. When she sings, there is an authenticity added to the track. If you had the privilege of seeing her perform live, which I luckily did, you know how much energy she put into each performance. This translates to the record, which is not an easy thing to do. Once the visual of a performance is stripped away, the musical part needs to be able to stand on its own. Jones was the queen of this. Her live shows were epic and her records retain the energy and feel of the shows. The band is amazing as well. They sound like they are playing from a different decade. They decided on a sound, did the listening and playing so that they could do it genuinely, and now churn out really fun recordings. You can’t go wrong with any Sharon Jones, Dap-Kings, or any Daptone Records in general. They are always a crowd pleaser!