Whitney Pastorek
March 31, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I Learned the Hard Way

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In Season

We gave it an A-

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?

Download These:
Surging poor-girl blues track Money at amazon.com
The foreboding title tune I Learned the Hard Way at myspace.com
The shoop-shoops ?of Without a Heart at amazon.com

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