I Learned The Hard Way was just released Tuesday. The fourth album by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings continues the brassed up retro soul style of 2007’s 100 Days, 100 Nights, this time with a bit of classic blues thrown in. Sharon and her Dap-Kings have shared the stage with everyone from Spoon to Smokey Robinson, and spearheaded the modern soul trend.
Songs like the opener “The Game Gets Old” have a classic soul sound reminiscent of Gladys Knight & The Pips.
The standouts on the album are the bluesy, lovelorn ballad “If You Call,” the dark-edged title track, and the claphappy “Better Things.”
Overall, I Learned The Hard Way doesn’t strike me as having such a fresh sound as 100 Days, 100 Nights did when I first heard it. But that’s probably because Sharon Jones isn’t breaking new ground this time around, she’s just continuing down her wellworn and brilliant path.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way (mp3 expired) *
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