Give the People What They Want
Label: Daptone Records
This set of old-school soul tunes was delayed when Ms. Jones was diagnosed with cancer in August 2013, and it's easy to imagine that the closer "Slow Down, Love" was written after her health scare. Regardless, she remains a mesmerizing soul performer, even when she has to sing clunky lyrics like the "Humpty Dumpty" reference on "Making Up and Breaking Up." The Dap-Kings, for their part, have diversified their sound from the hard-charging funk of their early years. The Betty Wright-like groove of "We Get Along" has a subtlety they couldn't have created until now.