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Soul Of A Woman

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings

Soul Of A Woman

Posthumous release of retro soul and funk from Sharon Jones (who passed away in 2016) completed by her band and collaborators

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Sly, spirited and sublime, it packs a whole lot of action into its 36 filler-free minutes. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    What a genius and giant we lost in Sharon Jones. Soul of a Woman is a more than worthy farewell by one of the hardest working and talented women show business has ever known
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  3. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s not just a rousing bookend to a remarkable, late-starting career, but a terrific and moving soul explosion that stands as one of the finest in her limited yet extraordinary catalog
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  4. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Stands as both a fitting epilogue for an unlikely career and a comprehensive farewell to a multifaceted star
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  5. 8.5 |   The 405

    A fitting send-off for a woman who flat-out owned the stage and spearheaded a scene, transcending the notions of “neo” and “revival” to make music that was impassioned and pure. Sharon Jones lives on every time you press play
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    Songs about heartbreak, empowerment, love and enduring strength
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The album ends with "Call on God," a gospel-tinged religious plea that is, if anything, appropriate as the last statement by a great artist and her equally great band
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer’s posthumous album is tightly arranged and played yet has a vibrant one-take feel to it
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Returns to the gospel roots of her faith when she needed it most. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The late-blooming soul star’s posthumous album is righteous, dramatic and rooted in the past
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A stirringly indefatigable farewell
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  12. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Jones alternates powerful ballads with the upbeat dance numbers that were staples of her live shows, confirming her stature a contemporary soul-music icon
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  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The ballads confirm that she was singing better than ever. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Throughout, Jones’s characteristic optimism holds true
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  15. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The beauty of Jones's voice projects an optimism that is, in these traumatic times, a balm for the soul
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  16. 8.0 |   The Music

    A poignant, worthy final chapter in a story of resilience and inspiration
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  17. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The late soul songstress still sings with a fire and force impossible to ignore
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