Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the USA for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. Their breakout release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, was followed by last year's I Learned the Hard Way, their fourth full-length on Brooklyn's independent Daptone Records.
Last year, the band released I Learned the Hard Way, their fourth full-length on Brooklyn’s independent Daptone Records. The record marks a bold step forward for a band who almost singlehandedly stewarded today’s return of soul music to its more traditional sound.
I Learned the Hard Way was produced by Bosco Mann in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon’s raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples,and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music.
From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old”, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man”, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest.
‘There’s no tighter, more inventive ensemble active in deep funk and soul circles today.’ The Washington Post
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