Released in January 2014, “Give the People What They Want” is the fifth studio album by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Track Listing : 1.Retreat! (Bosco Mann) – 03:31 . 2.Stranger To My Happiness (Bosco Mann) – 03:31 . 3.We Get Along (Joe Crispiano / Homer Steinweiss) – 03:03 . 4.You’Ll Be Lonely (Cochemea Gastelum) – 03:45 . 5.Now I See (Homer Steinweiss) – 03:10 . 6.Making Up And Breaking Up (And Making Up And Breaking Up Over Again) (Bosco Mann) – 02:23 . 7.Get Up And Get Out (Homer Steinweiss) – 03:27 . 8.Long Time, Wrong Time (Cochemea Gastelum) – 03:21 . 9.People Don’T Get What They Deserve (Bosco Mann) – 03:25 . 10.Slow Down, Love (Bosco Mann) – 04:02
Musicians : Sharon Jones – Vocal . Neal Sugarman – Piano, Sax (Tenor) . Starr Duncan – Vocal . Jimi “Popcorn” Ashes – Timpani . Victor Axelrod – Chimes, Farfisa Organ, Glockenspiel, Wurlitzer Piano . Moon Bancs – Chimes, Tambourine, Vibraphone . Cosmo Bann – Guitar . Sam Boncon – Organ . Joe Crispiano – Guitar . Cochemea Gastelum – Sax (Baritone) . Binky Griptite – Guitar . Dave Guy – Bass, Trumpet . Aaron Johnson – Trombone . Bosco Mann – Bass . Jordan Mclean – Trumpet . Homer Steinweiss – Drums . Fernando Velez – Congas, Tambourine . Saundra Williams – Stomping, Tambourine, Vocal . Amos B. Conn – Handclapping . Simon Guzman – Handclapping . Cathy Bauer – Stomping . Nydia Davila – Stomping . Wayne Gordon – Stomping . Mikey Post – Stomping . The Dapettes – Vocals (Background)
Production : Produced By Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Band . J.J. Golden – Mastering . Gabriel Roth – Engineer
Package : Ann Coombs – Art Direction . Fritz Aragon – Artwork . Nick Gordon – Photography . Kyle Dean Reinford – Cover Photo
Released January 2014 By Daptone.
So, it really seems like Give the People What They Want is an album where Jones is kind of finding her way towards straddling the past and the future: she obviously wants to please her following – no doubt, as she’s likely one of the hardest working singers currently in show business, as her scintillating live shows are a testament to – but she wants to branch out a little bit and try her hand at new styles, which sometimes work and sometimes work less so.
Pretty Much Amazing
On “Get Up and Get Out,” Jones floats above a gorgeous melody as the band exudes incongruous warmth. It’s part of the charm of the album and SJDK in general: The sweet mixed with the sour.
CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
A couple of tracks (“We Get Along”, “Long Time, Wrong Time”) fail to grab the ear quite like the others, but, overall, this is a tight 30-minute offering and the best Dap-Kings album since 2007′s 100 Days, 100 Nights. If Give the People What They Want will be remembered more for Sharon Jones’ battle with cancer, then let its circumstances emphasize the many triumphs expressed within the songs