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Charting the Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want'

Charting the Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want' Nate Burrell
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings survive and thrive in their blast-to-the-past exposition of soul and funk, "Give The People What They Want."

Jones and her Dap-Kings are no strangers to the music scene, and although a cancer diagnosis for Jones may have momentarily delayed the album release, they hold back nothing of intensity, talent and creativity on their fifth studio collection.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #10 CMJ Top 30 and #19 Adult Album Alternative for March 18, 2014.

Record label, release date and producer: "Give The People What They Want" was released on January 14, 2014 by Daptone Records.

Can be heard on: The Rhythm Section with Andy, Coin-Operated Radio with Ryan and Soul Selector with Papa Ray.

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Standout tracks: "Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)" leads the listener through a satisfying (and eponymous) refrain, while "People Don't Get What They Deserve" is more insistent that the listener not only hears but also remembers its chorus.

Notable lyrics: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" might be a common phrase, but in "Retreat!" it rings especially true, sounding passionate and loud and assertive all at once.

Did you know? Three of the band's songs from different albums have been featured in commercials in the US and Australia.

How they got started: The band, originally called the Soul Providers, was formed in 1996 by Philip Lehman and Bosco Mann, who discovered Sharon Jones.

Awards and accolades: Rhapsody ranked the 2007 album "100 Days, 100 Nights" as #9 in their "Rock's Best Albums of the Decade" list.

Recently in the news: Jones fought pancreatic cancer in 2013, and recovered after surgery and chemotherapy. Upon receiving the diagnosis, she thought she was going to die and that the new album would never be performed live. (Phoenix New Times)

What the critics say: Pretty Much Amazing says of the Motown sound, particularly notable in "Stranger to My Happiness," that it "could've been recorded 40 years ago...[Songwriter] Bosco Mann takes careful precision to make sure that everything sounds exactly as intended."

KDHX coverage: KDHX photographer Nate Burrell chronicled the group's impact at the Pageant on March 2, 2014.

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