It seems a strange thing to be timeless yet old school, but that's just what Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: I Learned The Hard Way ($8) manages to do. On their fourth full-length studio album, you get soul the way it was meant to be without being contrite. The use of traditional analogue recording equipment will immediately catch your ear, if you have a chance to stop reeling over Jones' amazing pipes. Don't get us started on these guys live - if they're within a 200-mile radius of you, go! Also available on mp3 and vinyl, which we've recommended for your next block party.
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