By Whitney Pastorek
March 31, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

I Learned the Hard Way


If you’ve ever seen a show by the funky phenomenon known as Miss [horn blast] Sharon [two horn blasts] Jones, you know she’s a force of nature. That energy is tough to capture in the studio, but I Learned the Hard Way, her fourth album with the Dap-Kings is pure joy, even when heartbreak sends her voice digging deep. This isn’t just old-school; it is school. A?

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Surging poor-girl blues track Money at
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The shoop-shoops ?of Without a Heart at

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