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What Have You Done?

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Naomi Shelton Knows What You've Done

Naomi Shelton Knows What You've Done

What Have You Done?

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Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "What Have You Done?"
  • Artist: Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
  • CD: 7" Single and MP3 Only
  • Genre: Soul

Naomi Shelton wields her blunt voice with no-nonsense passion throughout "What Have You Done?" courtesy of Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens hide caption

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Naomi Shelton is gruff and she takes no guff. In an ominous minor key and a stern tone, the sixtysomething singer from Alabama asks the musical question, "What Have You Done?" Her backup singers in the Gospel Queens plead ignorance: "I don't know, I don't know." Shelton, however, can't be fooled. She's got a list and she's not shy about sharing: "Done wrong to the one who loved you / Took no heed of the one above you."

The Dap-Kings' horns, on vacation from Amy Winehouse, push things along with funky blasts as the Gospel Queens lay down a soothing cushion of "ahs." But the song, from an album coming later this year — MP3 and seven-inch single versions of "What Have You Done?" are available now — belongs to Shelton. She wields her blunt voice with no-nonsense passion, marking her as an heir to the late gospel great Dorothy Love Coates.

Throughout the song, Shelton makes it eminently clear: "You're surely going to pay for what you done." In case you don't believe her, just try wiping that driving refrain out of your sinful brain.

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