They donâ€™t make music like this anymore. Even Amy Winehouse doesnâ€™t, frankly, and Iâ€™m a huge fan of her retro â€œBack in Blackâ€ album on which The Dap Kings play backup to Amyâ€™s sultry old jack swing. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are straight out of the 1960s, with a sound so authentic itâ€™s hard to believe it was created this year. Thatâ€™s because â€œ100 Days, 100 Nights,â€ in addition to musically sounding like something from Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knightâ€™s classic periods, features lyrical old school content. â€œSomethingâ€™s changed in your eyes, I can see it when you walk through that door . . . I can tell you and I ainâ€™t right no more,â€ she cries on Somethingâ€™s Changed. Then on Nobody Baby, she begins an â€œooo-wee,â€ a laugh, and then several James Brown guttural â€œuhs.â€ Jay-Z (over)used the uh-on-the-beat at the beginning of (too)many of his cuts, but it takes a soul singer like Ms. Jones to really make you feel the beat.
Yeah, the soul singers of today, preferring X-Tina/American Idol vocal gymnastics over the pain-is-joy of true R and B donâ€™t make music like this
anymore. But Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings do. So be grateful, dammit, and buy this record as a fresh change of pace from the over-produced hype of modern R and B.