by Sharon Jones

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  Quite by accident I discovered this cd in the collection and when I looked at it, the cover image was so striking- an imposing African American woman flanked by some suave looking dudes dressed in identical fashion-that I knew the music would be good. I was not disappointed. Ms Jones' voice and the band's sound comes straight from the 60s and 70s and as a matter of fact I had to check the album jacket to see when the album was released, so convinced was I that this was some obscure soul legend I had never heard about. In her you hear the echoes of some of her idols namely Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and James Brown to name a few. Soul music lays emotions bare and the themes in this album are universal-love, troubled times, financial pressures.  Ms Jones and the band are a great match for each other, the band's harmonies need a strong vocalist to add the punch to the music and the band punctuates her songs with great exclamation points. Excellent album.

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