The potency, expressiveness and range of Epworth's vocals can't be overstated. This man can wail like James Brown or Robert Plant, then comfortably dip into the buttery heart-tugging emotional resonance of the aforementioned Sharon Jones, or, dare I suggest it, Aretha Franklin.
Epworth's reflective, confessional lyrical introspection jibes (and jives) well with the expertly constructed throwback sound — complete with classy horn harmonies, warm backing vocals and sophisticated key signature modulations underused by many a modern songwriter.
Whether this cathartic soul workout is a one-off look back while pushing forward or the launching of a new island of sound to explore as time and the creative muse permits, Jon Epworth's Miracle Sweat is a divine endeavour. (Independent)