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SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS
100 Days, 100 Nights
Daptone

Sharon Jones projects her gritty, credible, emotion-laden, stylistically undistinguished voice over some of the finest horn charts ever created for soul music -- funky, jazzy, subtly voiced things that compare to Pee Wee Ellis' trickiest writing for James Brown. But this being pop, the usefulness of the whole comes down to songwriting. Though the fatalistic title number sticks, there's a reason Ellis shares his most memorable copyrights with James Brown.

Rolling Stone, Oct. 4, 2007