Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Naturally CD

In a desert of computerized over-produced faux-R&B, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' Naturally is a cool glass of water for anyone thirsty for Real Soul and Funk Music. On this, their sophomore release on Brooklyn's own independent Daptone Records, they have succeeded in transcending the boundaries of time to bring us face to face with the naked body of vintage Soul.

From the first track, a funk-infused shuffle, the Dap-Kings carve a deep and heavy groove which only gets deeper and heavier as the needle cuts further into the flesh of the album. Through ten solid tracks, Naturally explores the many moods and tempos of a group that is quickly earning a reputation as one of the hottest live acts across the nation, stretching their versatility to map out the full panorama of the idiom in which they so effortlessly reside. They are able to bring us back to 1970 not with the usual bell-bottomed conventions and wah-wah cliches employed by so many retro-funk wannabes, but by reaching back to the original source of all that good music: sincerity, integrity, melody, and an unwavering loyalty to rhythm.

In arrangements punctuated by bold horns and tastefully accented with piano, vibes, and strings, the Dap-Kings road-tight rhythm section expertly frames the skeleton of a classic Soul album, breathing life into a body of songs penned exclusively for Sharon Jones' unique voice. In turn, she masterfully and instinctively reaches beyond the basic melodies into her gospel-soaked roots to pour every drop of herself into each note that passes her lips, elevating the music from craft to art. With every moan she reminds us that before Whitney, Mariah, and Jay-Z, there was Tina, Aretha, and J.B.

Whether it's the hard-hitting funk of "My Man Is A Mean Man" you crave or the transporting balladeering of "Stranded" or "All Over Again," Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' Naturally is destined to occupy a permanent space in your heart and in your record collection.

1. How Do I Let A Good Man Down? mp3
2. Natural Born Lover mp3
3. Stranded In Your Love mp3
4. My Man Is A Mean Man mp3
5. You're Gonna Get It mp3
6. How Long Do I Have To Wait For You mp3
7. This Land Is Your Land mp3
8. Your Thing Is A Drag mp3
9. Fish In The Dish mp3
10. All Over Again mp3

Released Jan 2005