The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
I’ve put together my list of favorites from the year that was, a touch fashionably late as always. Once again, I’ve decided to eschew a ranking system and instead give you an alphabetical look at the records I fell for this year. There’s some names here that will come as no surprise to anyone, and perhaps a few that might surprise you. These are simply my favorites from 2017, the albums I went back to again and again, the albums that I swooned over. So, without further exposition, here’s my list. I think you’ll find you can get your kicks from any and all of the 66 records I’ve chosen, and I truly hope you’ll find some treasures to cherish, as I cherish each and every record here. Many, many thanks to the artists who put out this fantastic music, their sounds helped make 2017 bearable.
Who: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
What: Soul of A Woman
When: November 2017
Where: Daptone Records
Why: This one still stings, y'all. Listening to this beautiful woman's beautiful voice and knowing she's no longer with us is a truly bittersweet experience. Combined with the instrumental gusto of The Dap-Kings and the sheer force of Jones's voice, this record packs punch after punch. Posthumous though it may be, Soul of A Woman is a fittingly triumphant legacy to the memory of the one and only Miss Sharon Jones, force of nature and soul singer extraordinaire.