October 26, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

The brassy Dap-Kings’ live and in-studio collaborations with Amy Winehouse attracted the brighter spotlight that now shines on Sharon Jones, the soul powerhouse they’ve backed for a decade. But it’s what’s happening under that light that matters, and 100 Days, 100 Nights takes a giant leap forward from funk pastiches that were often more homages than statements. In trading their early sound of James Brown and the JBs for that of Booker T. & the MGs, the Dap-Kings’ slower, moodier template gives Jones’ voice the space it needs to soar. A-
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