Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' fourth record brings nothing new to the table, and that's a good thing. Jones and her eight-piece funk ensemble made their name earnestly resurrecting vintage Stax and Motown sounds, and they're not about to mess that up with modern flair.
Recorded on an eight-track tape machine by bandleader Gabriel Roth, this album could have come out in the 60s or 70s and no one would be the wiser. As usual, Jones's powerful voice box hogs the spotlight, but the simple, strong arrangements do a lot of heavy lifting.
Shifting between Philly soul and James Brown funk, the heavyweight horn section provides a suitable backdrop for badass Jones belters like I Learned The Hard Way. This isn't neo-soul - it's soul, just a few decades later.
Top track: I Learned The Hard Way
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play Sound Academy May 25.