There ain’t no keeping a good woman down. Sharon Jones had showdown with pancreatic cancer last year and on all accounts she seems to have won that fight. Jones is back this year and giving the people exactly what they want. By now y’all should know that all Jones’ fans want is retro-fabulous, sweet soul and funk grooves. This album drops tunes that sound like they are long lost nuggets from the late ‘60s or early ‘70s. It’s a highly accomplished blend of the familiar vintage sounds of Motown and Stax with flourishes that wink in the direction of Philly.
The funky strut of Retreat! which serves as a warning to anyone who may come a courting, features shrill triumphant blasts of horns and reedy sax and a joyously stomping beat. It showcases Jones in full effect and proves to be a wildly energetic start to the album. Backing vocalists Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan add a little bit of girl group perspective to cuts like We Get Along and the highly infectious Making Up And Breaking Up. This album consolidates on everything Jones does best. It does not signify any radical change of direction but when the groove continues to feel so good, why change a thing?
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In A Word: Soul.