Initially, retro-soul institution Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings planned to release their new album Give The People What They Want back in August. But Jones, a forceful wailer without too many contemporary peers, was diagnosed with cancer, and so the band had to cancel tours so she could get the illness treated. After a successful surgery, though, all systems appear to be go for Jones. She’ll return to the stage next month, if all goes according to plan, and the album is about to drop. And even though she recorded the LP before learning of her cancer, there’s something about the album’s livewire energy that feels defiantly full of life anyway. We’ve posted the first single “Retreat!” (as well as one-offs “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects” and “Goldfinger“), and now you can stream the full album at NPR.
Give The People What They Want is out 1/14 on Daptone.