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Sharon Jones. (Chris Cameron)
Sharon Jones. (Chris Cameron)

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings step back into the glory of Motown past Add to ...

Retreat by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, from the forthcoming Give The People What They Want (Daptone); streaming here.

Retreat? Sharon Jones? No way, unless we’re talking about a step back into the glory of Motown past.

The new single from the Brooklyn-based retro-soul outfit walks fierce with bells, brass, sass and sax. It starts with a timpani roll and warning shots from a fearsome Jones, “Lay with me, and you’ll play with fire.”

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The dude coming her way is full of swag, but he needs to know that the combustible singer was formerly a prison guard. “I come in blazing,” she sings, like a demonized Diana Ross.

The cinematic track closes with the hard-floor clacking of footsteps walking away, with a close-up of Jones wiping her hands of the epic mess she left behind to the listener’s imagination.


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