Pre-sale of the week is Soul Of A Woman by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, out on 17 November.
In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved, heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album.
The eleven songs on Soul Of A Woman reveal that the emotion, dynamics and drama of Jones’ voice remained at full power until her final days. The songs on the album exemplify two distinct sides of the band’s sound. Side One showcases grittier, bluesier material like ‘Matter Of Time’ and ‘Sail On!’, which give Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess and creating a ‘liveness’ that few studio albums possess. Side Two presents a more sophisticated orchestral mood: tracks like ‘When I Saw Your Face’ and ‘These Tears (No Longer For You)’ capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon’s vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allows you to forget she’s steering the ship.
The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak.
Note: the LP is on indies-only red vinyl.
We’re offering Soul Of A Woman at special pre-sale prices, which won’t be available after release. Click here for more details and to order your copy.