Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul Time!
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul Time!

Album Review

Album title
Soul Time!
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Release date
31 Oct

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Soul Time!

3/5 stars
Album review by Sam Wiseman.
Published 04 October 2011

Soul Time!, the fifth studio outing from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, sees the band’s insistence upon replicating the exact character of vintage soul firmly intact. Using only traditional analogue recording methods, Jones’ rich vocals are underpinned by an impeccably-rendered brass section; the overall effect is so successful in its unswerving devotion to the past as to sound less like an exercise in nostalgia, than a disorientingly uncanny time-travel experiment.

Jones’ songs, which centre around familiar themes of indignation and defiance, are remarkably well-honed examples of the genre, and Soul Time!’s backward gaze will strike many soul devotees as a mark of authenticity, rather than a lack of imagination. Nonetheless, it’s a pity that a band of such obvious songwriting talent, led by a genuinely powerful vocalist, should have no interest in engaging with the soul tradition in a way that attempts to capture the musical particularities of their own era.


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  • Why not enjoy the band for what they are and not what you want them to be? They are a great soul band. There is no copying going on, just the playing of great soul music. Do today's Country artists get criticized for for basically playing the same crap that's been played for the past 50 years? SDDK are the real deal. No modern drum machines, hip-hop beats, no one tampering with Jones' great voice. Just pure soul. Deal with it.

    Posted by Frank | Tuesday 04 October 2011 @ 15:51

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  • Album cover looks like something taken from a documentary about ice-cream addiction.

    Posted by Shukla | Tuesday 04 October 2011 @ 20:00

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  • ...Chunk from The Goonies has got a brand new bag.

    Posted by Alice | Wednesday 05 October 2011 @ 13:06

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