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I Learned the Hard Way

  • 1. Game Gets Old, The
    2. I Learned the Hard Way
    3. Better Things
    4. Give It Back
    5. Money
    6. Reason, The
    7. Window Shopping
    8. She Ain't a Child No More
    9. I'll Still Be True
    10. Without a Heart
    11. If You Call
    12. Mama Don't Like My Man
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 019

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he details are period-perfect: Every guitar scratch and brass blast sounds like it was teleported straight from 1965 or 1972."
    Spin (p.87) - "[The Dap-Kings] tackle the laid-back instrumental groove of 'The Reason' with horns blazing."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[P]ure joy, even when heartbreak sends her voice digging deep." -- Grade: A-
    Living Blues (p.35) - "I LEARNED THE HARD WAY jumps off in dramatic fashion, ten seconds of cinematic flair and brass fanfare as the Dap-Kings roll out a red carpet entrance for Sharon Jones, the undisputed queen of modern soul."
    Billboard (p.32) - "[T]he Dap-Kings keep their arrangements brisk and enjoyable on tracks like the funky opener 'The Game Gets old' and doo-wop standout 'Give It Back.'"
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Gabriel Roth's production gives Jones and the band a sizzling live presence throughout....Jones is in tremendous voice from start to finish."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.55) - Ranked #23 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "Jones' finest yet....She convinced on tales of hardship that rivaled Etta James's."
    Paste (magazine) (p.68) - "Jones and the Dap-Kings make the kind of music that moves them, and their feverish passion is contagious....This is Jones and the Dap-Kings' moment."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "'Better Things' in particular is incredible, a brilliant kiss-off in which Jones reveals layers of anguish beneath her anger, while the band supports her with a heavy Muscle Shoals-style groove."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Give It Back' is a nice Brill Building pastiche....[With] effective arrangements..."
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