Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    There's much to digest here but absolutely no filler--each song is a priceless gem. [Jan 2004, p.110]
  2. Though the arrangements are predictable, Staton's versatile voice is a revelation.
  3. Like Aretha Franklin, Linda Jones, and Otis Redding, Staton's voice is the sound of emotion being ripped from the human heart and offered, bleeding and broken, pleading and yearning, to the listener.
  4. That they've been forgotten for 30 years seems almost a crime, because they've got just about everything real soul music needs. [Feb 2004, p.118]
  5. Emotion and soul run deep throughout (thanks to Staton's raw vocals), with each track an honest revelation.
  6. It's really good, good enough to make you wonder why you haven't heard of Candi Staton (more often).
  7. Show[s] that the early chapters of the Staton story may not match the later commercial success, but trump the four-to-the-floor stuff with grit-in-the-grooves southern soul.
  8. 80
    Tough, funky and proud, she sounds like she could have been the new Aretha. [Feb 2004, p.87]
  9. Even the least-crucial songs feature a tough backing band and a powerful, raspy performance from Candi.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. GabrielA
    May 20, 2005
    10
    Candi Staton is one of the best soul singers, she is right up there with Aretha Franklin. Finally these long out of print songs have been Candi Staton is one of the best soul singers, she is right up there with Aretha Franklin. Finally these long out of print songs have been reissued! While listening to this album, you can sincerely understand her emotion and the conviction is so convincing with her incredible vocal style. I am so pleased that this album has been reissued and hopefully it will introduce her music to new fans, who can appreciate what soul music used to sound like! Full Review »
  2. JohnB
    Oct 14, 2004
    10
    Just saw Candi live in London 2004...the voice is every bit as good as on this great album. Don't miss her if you get the chance-there Just saw Candi live in London 2004...the voice is every bit as good as on this great album. Don't miss her if you get the chance-there is still time to crown the true queen of soul! Full Review »
  3. MarkyMark
    May 2, 2004
    10
    An excellent soul album - oldschool. If you like Aretha, Otis or Marvin then you should try this out. Great voice and a nice collection of An excellent soul album - oldschool. If you like Aretha, Otis or Marvin then you should try this out. Great voice and a nice collection of songs. Highly recommended Full Review »