Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are bringing back the funk and soul into our homes with their fourth studio album, I Learned The Hard Way, which is slated for release on May 4.

Known for being revivalists in the way music can sound without using digital equipment many use today, their style not only goes back to the 60s and the 70s but their technique and integrity hold up strong in correlation. The upcoming album was produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth. If that’s not taking it back for you, we’re sure not what is!

According to Pitchfork, I Learned The Hard Way will once again be released via Daptone records and it will be 12 tracks long. Check the track listing out below:

I Learned the Hard Way track list:

01. The Game Gets Old
02. I Learned the Hard Way
03. Better Things
04. Give It Back
05. Money
06. The Reason
07. Window Shopping
08. She Ain’t a Child No More
09. I’ll Still Be True
10. Without a Heart
11. If You Call

If any of these song can surpass the supreme soul of previous tracks such as “100 Days, 100 Nights” or “Something’s Changed,” this may just be the ultimate soul album of 2010.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are still on tour as well. If you’re in the following cities, you can get pumped up for the new album by seeing them in the following cities:

  • 01/22 State College, PA @ State Theatre
  • 01/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club
  • 03/26 Rutland, VT @ Snoe Down Winter Music Festival

Their last album, 100 Days, 100 nights, gained critical acclaim as they brought a fresh sound to the saturated mainstream pop during 2007. Jones has the soulful sound that rivals Aretha Franklin and Etta James and the Dap-Kings proved that they were masterminds when it came to organic musicianship in the the funk genre.

Are you excited for the release of I Learned It The Hard Way from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings?