Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are the ultimate in retro funk and soul recalling the classic sounds of sixties R & B but with a contemporary edge. With a little less funk and a little more soul "Give The People What They Want" is the band's 5th studio album since 2002 and Jones seems to get better with every outing.
From the soaring, soulful and sublime "Making Up And Breaking Up" and the wistful beauty of "We Get Along" to the horn infused balladry of "Slow Down Love" and the lilting, staccato of "Get Up And Get Out" this is the sound of Jones at the top of her game and nobody plays it better.
The band has backed Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse (on her first US tour) and it delivers the essential sounds of funk and soul without ever descending to being just a copy cat outfit. This is a confident and dramatic band delivering a fresh, crisp and faultless backing to ten original songs and Jones' peerless voice.
It's a big band in every sense with organ, glockenspiel, piano, baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, drums and congas and the production values ensure a tight sound that complements the soul in Sharon's voice to perfection.
The penultimate track, "People Don't Get What They Deserve" is the essence of this beautiful album: brash, brassy, sophisticated, stylish and exciting. It is a powerful reminder that Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings is an inspired act that combines voice, rhythm, harmony and musical excellence and cuts to the very heart of sweet soul music.