I don’t really know what to say about this record that people haven’t already espoused on since it’s release. It’s one of the best soul records released in the last decade or so and is everything Amy Winehouse wishes she could be–this includes be a respectable human being and someone who’s not addicted to coke. This was the only album I reviewed at Stylus that ever received a Stylus Recommends. I gave it an A- and stick by just about everything I said. As if Sharon Jones hadn’t already proven her vocal chops on the masterful Naturally, she returns on 100 Days, 100 Nights without skipping a beat. By all accounts, her voice is stronger and more confident. As I said in my review, this record is the Stax to Naturally‘s Motown–speaking of which, check out PopMatters’ retrospective on the 50 year anniversary of Motwon. But 100 Days, 100 Nights has so much energy and power to it, it’s almost unrivaled by its predecessor. “Humble Me” is a fantastically personal love story, while the title track is an explosive blues-driven track about men and the difficulty with love.
And since I don’t know what else to say about this record, here’s a video that reminds you just how amazing and genuine Sharon Jones is:
Sharon Jones – “100 Days, 100 Nights”