Give the People What They Want (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings album)

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Give the People What They Want
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Studio album by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Released January 14, 2014 (2014-01-14)
Genre Soul, funk
Length 33:38
Label Daptone
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings chronology
I Learned the Hard Way
(2010)I Learned the Hard Way2010
Give the People What They Want
(2014)
It's a Holiday Soul Party
(2015)It's a Holiday Soul Party2015
Singles from Give the People What They Want
  1. "Retreat!"
    Released: May 7, 2013

Give the People What They Want is the fifth studio album by American soul and funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, released January 14, 2014 on Daptone Records. The album was nominated for "Best R&B Album" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Independent4/5 stars[6]
NME7/10[7]
PopMatters6/10[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin7/10[11]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[12]

Give the People What They Want garnered generally positive reception from music critics. At the review aggregator website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score based on independent reviews, the album scored an 80/100 based on 31 selected ratings, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[2] At The A.V. Club, Annie Zaleski graded the album a B+, noting that the album is not a "rehash of the past—or a collection that panders."[4] Will Hermes writing for Rolling Stone rated the album three-and-a-half stars, stating that the band is "extending and preserving tradition; it remains a national treasure and an instant soul party."[9] At Spin, Anupa Mistry rated it a seven out of ten, affirming that "The point is that music from another time can still thrill us in this one because of its practically tyrannical insistence on bliss."[11] Ben Cardow of NME rated it a seven out of ten, commenting that "Rarely has reliability been this funky".[7] At Slant, Kyle Fowle rated it three-and-a-half stars, writing that the music here is "reveling in a variety of musical tones, from confident, strutting anthems of independence to slow-burning, intimate ballads, but also displays Jones at her most vocally ferocious, lending a self-assured voice to the down and out."[10]

At Allmusic, Fred Thomas rated it four stars, noting how "These ten songs sound almost designed to be played on repeat, and keep with the always colorful and ecstatically fun sound audiences have come to expect from one of the best acts going in retrofitted classic soul."[3] Elysa Gardner of USA Today rated it three-and-a-half out of four, commenting that "her mighty voice and spirit undiminished" on which is "matched by the Dap-Kings' old-school R&B dynamism, and by the gritty, groovy indomitability conveyed in their new songs."[12] At The Independent, Andy Gill rated it four stars, affirming that this release is "as good an R&B album as any in recent years."[6] Maddy Costa writing for The Guardian rated it four stars, alluding to how the release "breathes passionate new life into the past."[5] However, PopMatters Zachary Houle rated it a six out of ten, cautioning that the album "is a quasi-holding pattern and is middling in its success".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Retreat!"Bosco Mann3:31
2."Stranger to My Happiness"Mann3:31
3."We Get Along"Joe Crispiano, Homer Steinweiss3:03
4."You'll Be Lonely"Cochemea Gastelum3:45
5."Now I See"Steinweiss3:10
6."Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)"Mann2:23
7."Get Up and Get Out"Steinweiss3:27
8."Long Time, Wrong Time"Gastelum3:21
9."People Don't Get What They Deserve"Mann3:25
10."Slow Down, Love"Mann4:02
Total length:33:38

Note

  • The physical CD package includes a code for a free MP3 download of the album, which adds a bonus 58-minute Daptone Records sampler.

Personnel[edit]

  • Sharon Jones - vocals
  • Homer Steinweiss - drums
  • Binky Griptite - guitars
  • Joseph M. Crispiano - guitars
  • Bosco Mann - bass, guitars, orchestral chimes, organ, tambourine, vibraphone
  • Neal Sugarman - tenor saxophone, piano
  • Cochemea Gastelum - baritone saxophone
  • Dave Guy - trumpet, bass
  • Fernando "Boogaloo" Velez - tambourine, congas

Additional Musicians

  • Aaron Johnson - trombone (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9)
  • Victor Axelrod - Farfisa organ (tracks 1, 2), orchestral chimes (track 1), glockenspiel (track 1), Wurlitzer electric piano (track 3)
  • Jimi "Popcorn" Ashes - timpani (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Jordan McLean - trumpet (track 1)
  • The Dapettes - background vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 47
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 84
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 116
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 79
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[19] 14
US Billboard 200[20] 22
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[22] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees: R&B Category
  2. ^ a b Metacritic (January 14, 2014). "Critic Reviews for Give the People What They Want". CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Fred (January 13, 2014). "Give the People What They Want - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings". Allmusic. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Zaleski, Annie (January 14, 2014). "Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings try to Give The People What They Want". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Costa, Maddy (January 9, 2014). "Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want – review". The Guardian. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Gill, Andy (January 11, 2014). "Album: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, 'Give the People What They Want' (Daptone)". The Independent. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cardew, Ben (January 10, 2014). "NME Album Reviews - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings? - 'Give The People What They Want'". NME. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Houle, Zachary (January 12, 2014). "Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want". PopMatters. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Hermes, Will (January 14, 2014). "Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 'Give the People What They Want' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Fowle, Kyle (January 10, 2014). "Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Mistry, Anupa (January 14, 2014). "Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, 'Give the People What They Want' Review". Spin. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Gardner, Elysa (January 14, 2014). "Listen Up: Notable new releases". USA Today. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  18. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  19. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  20. ^ "Sharon Jones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  21. ^ "Sharon Jones Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  22. ^ "Sharon Jones Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2014.