Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
2. Sharon Jones & The Dapkings I Learned The Hard Way (Daptone)
Brooklyn's finest purveyors of "retro-soul" mellow out a bit on this fourth offering. Gorgeous ballads "The Game Gets Old" and "If You Call" are awash in vintage Philadelphia and Chicago style string arrangements and showcase Jones's most stellar vocals of her career while the casual instrumental "The Reason" attests that the Dap-Kings are still a remarkable unit while riding a more relaxed Philly soul-styled groove. Forget the "retro-soul" tag, this music is timeless.
Matt Bauer