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With Soul of a Woman, Sharon Jones Sings One Final Joyful Note

With Soul of a Woman, Sharon Jones Sings One Final Joyful Note
From TIME - November 9, 2017

Sharon Jones never thought she would be around to see the release of her Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Give the People What They Want. You can see it in her eyes, hear it in her quivering voice as she confesses as much to her bandmates the Dap-Kings in Miss Sharon Jones!, the 2016 documentary that followed her derailed career as she battled pancreatic cancer. Jones did see the albums release and its subsequent success. A dynamic performer, she soldiered on while she was in remission, until the cancer returned in 15, eventually taking her life last year at age 60. Now Jones seventh and final album, Soul of a Woman, recorded partially while she was undergoing treatment, arrives on Nov. 17.

Jones music has always been rooted in the classic soul and funk of the 60s, with her powerful voice echoing Aretha, Otis, James and Gladys. She effortlessly mixed joy, heartache and spunkand Soul of a Woman is no different. The albums opener, Matter of Time, finds her looking at the world with a glass-half-full mentality, and several songs touch on the intricacies of love. But two tracks stand out, now that Jones is no longer with us. The jangly blues number Searching for a New Day seems to echo her life story as she sings, And with my newfound fame I could lend a helping hand/ To all those in need however I can. And the albums final song, Call on God, is an affecting and emotional call to a higher power.

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