I Learned The Hard Way
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolic output of gritty studio recordings. Their breakout release, 100 Days, 100 Nights , has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. The follow-up I Learned the Hard Way, their fourth full-length on Brooklyn's independent Daptone Records marks a bold step forward for a band who almost single-handedly stewarded today's return of soul music to its more traditional sound.
Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth 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 at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style Mama Don't Like My Man at the tail, 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.
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If you're into Aretha Franklin, basically good music... you will love Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
I was lucky to catch her live show a few years back--MAN, was she on fire. An awesome performance (we noticed Jim James from My Morning Jacket standing a few feet away in the audience, also bobbing his head and fully diggin it).