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  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Label: Daptone Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2005 Boscosound Music
  • Total Length: 40:16
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,002 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of the best things Sharon and the band have done so far.
Mr. K. Sinclair
I just wanted to say how much i LOVE this excellent album and how i can't stop listening to it!!!!
Great entertainment, that can be enjoyed by all.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Sinclair on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What you get with any Daptone, Truth and Soul, Soul Fire or Desco release is serious no punches pulled gritty soul and funk with the same feel and sound as classic late 60's and early 70's soul.

This music is not a gimmick.

Nor is it like a cheesy 70's Blaxploitation soundtrack or a misjudged pseudo-soul acid jazz sounding record. There is quality and depth to these performances and heart and soul that goes as deep as anything you have ever heard.

It is being created and listened to by people who are sick and tired of the sterile mass marketed soul-less dross that the music industry continues to spew forth nowadays. People like Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Joseph Henry, Naomi Davis and the NYC collective of musicians is doing us a great service by creating sounds of such organic beauty and raw funkiness.

What is great about this album is that, unlike Dap-Dippin', the music is way more varied; there are more ideas and more scope for lyrics with meaning. The biggest success of this album is that it proves to the critics that Sharon and the Daps are no one-trick ponies.

Here's a quick breakdown of the tracks in order;

How Do You Let A Good Man Down

This is my favourite new track by Sharon Jones. Firstly the groove is way different from anything off of the first album and it's more of a medium paced tempo. Great little horn riffs. The lyric is great too. We've all been in a similar position, but the band has got the feeling and groove nailed down tight!

Natural Born Lover

This one is a real late 60's stomper in the vein of the slew of 45's that came out around Mr Big Stuff (similar geetar in places) and has backing vocals. Over the drum breaks there's a chant 'An N.B.L. and a T.B.C.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Beyer on October 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Naturally" is a true soul album, and so far it is the best album of the year. It's a true "100 percenter" -- meaning there isn't one song on here that I skip over. All ten songs on here are absolute classics. Furthermore, I go back and forth every day trying to decide which song is the best -- the sign of a great album.

Somehow, producer Bosco Mann got a true AM sound to come out of this album. The resulting feel makes the songs sound as if they were coming out of like a small transistor radio on a hot summer day. Like I said, it sounds just like a classic Gamble/Huff record, but I never once get the sense the band is trying too hard. It's very real, and terrific.

The band is just fantastic, especially the guitar licks interspersed here and there (like on "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You"), and Sharon Jones' voice is tremendous. Furthermore, the lyrics on this album are also terrific, laced with sex and sexual politics. For example, the lyrics on the opening track "How Do I Let A Good Man Down?" are particularly painful.

The album really hits its stride with tracks 4,5, and 6: "My Man Is A Mean Man", "You're Gonna Get It", and "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You". That is a 1-2-3 punch of pure soul!

Right now my favorite tune is "You're Gonna Get It", which over time could go down as one of the all-time great slow dance songs, on a level with Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long". If this song is ever playing on a jukebox in a lonely bar past 1 a.m., I would be willing to bet you'd see a couple or two having a quiet slow dance. It's that good.

If you love the soul music of the 60s and 70s, then you must, repeat, must have "Naturally". Again, it is the best album of 2005. In time, I expect to see many more reviews confirming this claim.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EarlRandy on July 29, 2005
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I'm always digging through store racks and music reviews looking for those gems that blissfully escape the tortured radio-only masses. I can't remember where I first heard about the Dap Kings, but the group and their label, Daptone Records, kept coming up.

Finally, I broke down and ordered NATURALLY from Amazon. It got here less than 24 hours ago and I can already say this is one of the best musical purchases I've made in 2005. "Loose and tight" was one description I read about Daptone recordings and that fits NATURALLY perfectly.

Besides that, it's tough to describe the music. It's definitely nothing like contemporary R&B; mostly because there's no syncopated drum machine laying down the beat. Remember, Daptone is all about making music "naturally." On the other hand, this isn't really soul music of the 70's EWF, Al Green, or Diana Ross variety.

A lot of reviewer recall James Brown when discussing "NATURALLY", and while I see the similarities, I'm not sure if that's a great comparison. The closest my brain can generate right now is the boogaloo sound of the Greyboy Allstars, but funkier and with searing vocals by Sharon Jones.

It's easier to place Ms Jones wonderful voice. Just tune your ears to those fiery mavens of the 60's and 70's whose voices made it to the record without some producer fiddling around with the vocal tracks, attempting to "fine tune" the sound. Ms Jones has a classic soul voice, at once completely familiar, but with pleasing unique affections.

Favorite tracks include 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 9. The only song that doesn't really do it for me is track #5, "You're Gonna Get It." Otherwise, I can listen to this CD from beginning to end and bop my head all the way through.
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