Sharon Jones, John Newman and the frustrations of retro R&B

January 15, 2014 5:18 PM

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Sharon Jones, John Newman and the frustrations of retro R&B

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have made a career of it, excavating the sounds of classic American R&B for more than a decade, and with the group’s new album, “Give The People What They Want,” they’ve arrived at their strongest composite.

This is pop time travel at its most articulate and dynamic, channeling Motown, Muscle Shoals, Stax and James Brown all in one easy stroke. Jones — a 57-year-old who recently beat cancer — sings about stung hearts and fiery farewells, and on “Stranger to My Happiness” sounds like she was born in the ...

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