• Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Jun 24, 2013
    Throughout, Tweedy and company give Mavis even more room than on You Are Not Alone. While this isn't as exciting, the grip is instant, hard to break.
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    It’s a rich, beautifully crafted and moving experience, and further evidence that the Mavis Staples/Jeff Tweedy partnership is the musical equivalent of a marriage made in heaven.
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    One True Vine tarries too long in doubt before finally breaking that dour spell and inviting the listener in on the celebration.
  4. Uncut
    Jul 10, 2013
    One True Vine is a seamless sequel. [Aug 2013, p.70]
  5. Mojo
    Jul 10, 2013
    Like a fine wine continuing to mature, Mavis's One True Vine should be allowed to breathe. [Aug 2013, p.87]
  6. Jun 25, 2013
    One True Vine shows there isn't much the ex-Staple Singer can't make gorgeous and lived-in.
  7. Jul 8, 2013
    So while there are a few moments of blandness, a few moments where tradition sits a little too comfortably for a little too long and where some of us may be a little lost lyrically, there is never any question of the inherent power of Staples’ voice.
  8. Jun 21, 2013
    As on previous record You Are Not Alone, his production is light and crisp, allowing Staples' voice to take center stage. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.91]
  9. Jun 25, 2013
    Not every song on One True Vine is quite as compelling [as Low cover "Holy Ghost"]--the Funkadelic cover "Can You Get To That" is a little uneven—but Staples sings with such grace and dignity that it remains a moving listen.
  10. 80
    [Producer Jeff Tweedy's] his raw production lending itself to the Staples powerful presence.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    Jun 21, 2013
    [Producer Jeff Tweedy] provides many nicely spare showcases for her silken vocals. [28 Jun 2013]
  12. Jun 24, 2013
    Tweedy has become a master of subtlety in the studio and the blending of instruments and voices is seamless. Above it all is Staples' unassailable conviction.
  13. Jun 25, 2013
    Staples makes redemption a matter of small things, tiny actions and incremental leaps of believing. Accessible to the fallen and faltering, on One True Vine grace is a funky thing.
  14. Magnet
    Jul 17, 2013
    There's a lot of worthwhile material for her to perform here. [No. 100, p.59]
  15. Jun 24, 2013
    As a whole, One True Vine is as introspective and diffident as a gospel album can be.
  16. Jun 24, 2013
    The record does what gospel should--lift you up.
  17. 80
    Throughout, Tweedy’s arrangements are the soul of discretion, employing the merest suggestions of rhythm and texture to show Staples’ iconic voice to best advantage.
  18. Jul 23, 2013
    The overall mood, however, is thoughtful and somber: unlike You Are Not Alone, this is a contemplative late-night album rather than a celebratory Sunday morning one. It’s wonderful.
  19. There isn’t a shadow of doubt expressed here about where Mavis is going, but there is plenty of feeling that the journey, like all journeys, is bordered with darkness.
  20. Jul 17, 2013
    You Are Not Alone, her 2010 collaboration with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, won Staples her first Grammy. The follow up is even better.
  21. Jun 24, 2013
    Staples is reaffirming her place as one of the great voices of the last half-century.

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