Music Review: Sharon Jones gives her all on 'Soul of a Woman,' her final album with the Dap-Kings before succumbing to cancer a year ago

This cover image released by Daptone Records shows "Soul Of A Woman," by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. (Daptone Records via AP)

By PABLO GORONDI - Associated Press
Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 21:34 pm EDT

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Soul of a Woman" (Daptone Records)

Sharon Jones recorded "Soul of a Woman" with the extraordinarily able and reliable Dap-Kings while battling the cancer which took her life a year ago — but her energy and vocal prowess are undiminished here.

Nearly all band members wrote material for the album which offers a snug fit for Jones and continues the group's aesthetic of true soul sounds. The balance tilts slightly toward ballads, especially on the second half.

Jones was a real powerhouse onstage and the one-two combination of the hopeful "Matter of Time" with the forgiving "Sail On!" gets the record off to an urgent start. "Rumors" is a playful, Latin-flavored dance-floor filler with some exquisite harmonies from Jones herself.

Curtis Mayfield could have inspired "Searching for a New Day" and "Girl! (You Got to Forgive Him)" has the drama of a James Bond theme song sung by Shirley Bassey and written by Isaac Hayes.

Fittingly, the album closes with Jones' own gospel composition, "Call On God." The testimonial was written in the late 1970s, recorded in 2007 and features backing vocals added shortly after Jones' death by members of choir of the Universal Church of God, an ensemble she led for years.

Despite the spirituality of the last song and a couple of tunes about time, the band's seventh studio album doesn't convey a sense of finality. You can be sure there were tears in its making and you may shed some yourself knowing its conclusion, but Jones stayed true to herself and recorded only when she really felt up to it.

Recognition and success came late in life to Jones but her final performances are recurring proof that both were extremely well deserved.


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Log In or Register now to earn tokens for enjoying articles!
$5K  Bonus Games 
  • 1 Search
  • 2 Enjoy
  • 3 Enjoy
  • 4 Enjoy
  • 5 Enjoy
Make sure you're logged in, complete each step and you'll unlock your shot at a fortune!
  • Search Now!1

    Step 1: Search the web to get info you need and go for a PCH SUPERPRIZE!

  • See what's new!2 3 4 5

    Steps 2-5: Get the news, entertainment, horoscopes, lottery results & more! CLAIM TOKENS!

  • Go for $5,000.00 instantly!

    Completing steps 1-5 automatically unlocks your shot at the BIG $5,000.00 INSTANT WIN BONUS GAMES.