20 Best R&B Albums of 2017

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 'Soul of a Woman'
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3. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 'Soul of a Woman'3/20

3. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 'Soul of a Woman'

This is the final album Sharon Jones made before her death last fall, recorded with her longtime backing band, the Dap-Kings, in stolen moments between chemotherapy treatments. She was an irreplaceable talent, and her loss can't help but change the way one hears the gospel show-stopper "Call on God," the brass-driven workout "Sail On" and the tender farewell "Pass Me By." At its heart, though, Soul of a Woman is a joyful album. It makes you feel lucky that we got to share a planet with her voice for as long as we did. S.V.L.

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