Back in June, we shared the sad news that Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and that she and the Dap-Kings had to postpone the release of their new album, Give The People What They Want, and the supporting tour. After a successful operation, months of treatment, and the love and support of friends, family and fans, the Queen of Soul has kicked cancer in the butt and is ready to… give the people what they want.
We’ll keep it simple: two dates.
- January 14, 2014: new album release date
- February 6, 2014: opening show at the Beacon Theater, New York City (tickets on sale now!)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have been carving their legacy in the world of Soul for over a decade now, and with Daptone Records by their side, they’re doing it right. From live performances that resonate through your bones to recordings you can listen to over and over and feel something new each time, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have touched old and young, far and wide, and this new record promises to do just that and more.
The opening track and first single, “Retreat!,” is very symbolic of the band’s path to releasing this record. “Taking you apart is my kind of fun / Count to 3 and then you better run / 1, 2, 3 Here I coooome / Retreat!” Retreat: cancer; retreat: obstacles, retreat: anything in Sharon Jones’ path. The animated video that just came out for the track is not just stunning in terms of graphics and design, but also spot on when it comes to communicating the message of the song. The obstacles here — however you’d like to interpret them (and any meaningful song should be able to strike a chord with the listener no matter what you’re feeling) — are represented by wolves. Whether just one, a small pack or the whole herd, Sharon Jones fights them off one by one, because “what a fool you’d be to take [me/her/you/them] on.”
In addition to “Retreat!,” there’s a slew of tracks worth looking forward to. I had the chance to preview the album at Union Pool this past Friday, where Neal Sugarman himself was DJ’ing the full record as part of CMJ festivities. Standouts include “Stranger To My Happiness” and “We Get Along.” And the band’s bassist and bandleader Bosco Mann even says “without a doubt, this album is the greatest thing we’ve ever recorded and I’ve been anxious for the world to hear it.”
Well, what is it you want?