AOTY 2019

Give the People What They Want

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2014 Ratings: #129 / 845
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2014 Ratings: #318
January 14, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Daptone / Label
Funk / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing

As always, the triumphant soul diva Jones exudes an intimacy and indisputable swagger seldom found in any genre.

A.V. Club

Give The People What They Want certainly lives up to its name, but it’s no rehash of the past—or a collection that panders.

The Skinny

Jones’ vocals sound as rich and strong as ever, and the Dap-Kings’ implausibly accurate channelling of vintage, brass-laden soul feels almost uncanny throughout.


Whether artistic intention or not, many will undoubtedly listen to this record and have fun but also be thankful for Jones and the Dap Kings’ energy and livelihood

Tiny Mix Tapes

A lot of records come and go. So it’s a relief that there’s an act out there that has stayed true to its original vision while constantly adding new wrinkles to keep us restless music lovers interested. 

No Ripcord

If you are seeking something original then this is not it; if you are a fan of good music and your ears need their medicine, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.


They might be a bit tighter than they were on 2002's Dap-Dippin'..., and they cut a bit more cleanly through their old-school analogue recording methods, but this is an album built less on advancement than resilience.


‘Give The People What They Want’ is both album title and self-serving prophecy for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, who specialise in doing exactly that. 


Her magic isn't just a pitch-and-picture-perfect resurrection of performance-matters late-'60s soul, but an ability to sing through the most wretched of love and relationships with triumph in the lingering, defining grain of her voice.


While this new album is not quite as good as I Learned the Hard Way, you have to give credit to Jones to walking the line between being a crowd pleaser while trying her hand at some reinvention of her trademark sound.

Consequence of Sound

Whereas I Learned the Hard Way suffered from a lack of variation in songwriting, Give the People What They Want transverses the dictionary of soul and pulls out a few different entries, making it a much more engaging record. 

More potential for modest pop success than other soul albums in recent years, but less masterful recording and relevant lyrics.
Good album not great. Easy listening, decent music, but nothing that is impactful.
Just old fashioned funk for our soul's pleasure.
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Track List

  1. Retreat!
  2. Stranger To My Happiness
  3. We Get Along
  4. You'll Be Lonely
  5. Now I See
  6. Making Up and Breaking Up
  7. Get Up and Get Out
  8. Long Time, Wrong Time
  9. People Don't Get What They Deserve
  10. Slow Down Love
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