When Sharon Jones died of pancreatic cancer lastyear, the world lost its greatest exponent of vintage soul; that she'd firsthit her stride in the '00s with the revivalist, detail-obsessed Daptone label,made the accomplishment all the more striking.
Recorded over her last two yearswith longtime sidemen, genre-masters all, Jones meets darkness with hope onthis denouement. "A Matter of Time" envisions world peace; "Comeand Be a Winner" is a funky pep talk. It's easy to read themes ofmortality into the lyrics, but this is a stirringly indefatigablefarewell.
Her Brooklyn church choir joins in for "Call On God," andthe LP ends heartbreakingly with Jones chuckling or crying – it's hard to tell.Maybe both.
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Soul Queen Sharon Jones Offers a Powerful Posthumous Farewell