Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “It’s A Holiday Soul Party” album
I’m a firm believer that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings can do no wrong. Don’t you agree? For the winter holiday season, they dropped a special 11-track album, called It’s A Holiday Soul Party, at the end of October. This is one of the best new Christmas albums that I’ve heard in a very long time–I just love it.
The album is a compilation of songs that they’ve released and recorded over the last few years. They reinterpret some holiday classics and bring out some new songs that will go down in history. As far as classics go, there’s a really fun, upbeat and danceable version of “White Christmas” (video below); there’s a supremely sultry soul and sax-heavy “Silent Night” that you just HAVE TO turn way up, sing along to, and let the sexy vibe move you (girl, yesssssss, get it!); there’s a somber soul rendition of “Please Come Home For Christmas”, where Sharon belts the yearning tune over sensual guitars, backup vocal harmonies, marching drums, and bright horns; and more.
They also have some really dope originals, such as the horn-blowing, string-laden, non-Christmas song, called “8 Days (of Hanukkah)”, which is a nod to the Jewish holiday (lyric video below); a deep soul-blues number “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects” that finds Sharon singing about growing up, questioning the existence of Santa Clause, and eventually celebrating the resourcefulness of her mother (video below); there’s “World of Love”, a soulful song about world peace and unity; and more. You have to click play on this album and let the Brooklyn-based soul band provide the soundtrack to your holiday soul party. Watch a couple music videos, too. Ready, set, go!