Retro soul's got to be damn fine to justify its existence, since the stuff it's modeled on is readily available for listening pleasure and embarrassing comparisons. Fortunately, the latest from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings qualifies, thanks to vocal authenticity and musical settings that offer inventive takes on the old blueprint. The Dap-Kings, whose skills are displayed on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, avoid overemoting, opting instead for casual cool that's the aural equivalent of a sly smile. Jones, meanwhile, delivers the likes of "Nobody's Baby" with unaffected confidence. If the results aren't quite as thrilling as 2005's Naturally, the disc will still sound just as good days or nights.
Recommended For YouPowered by SailThru
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!