Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
I Learned the Hard Way - DAPTONE
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Nevin Martell on March 10, 2010
For those of us who grew up in households filled with the sounds of Motown, Atlantic and Stax, there is something supremely comforting about Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ old-fashioned, soul-funk charm. I Learned the Hard Way is another memorable trip in their way-back machine brimming with neo-classics, like the slinking groover “Money” and the stately torch ballad “If You Call.” Listening to it is like experiencing a piece of living history—a warm reminder of the heydays of Aretha, Gladys and The Staple Singers.