Positive: 7 out of 7
Mixed: 0 out of 7
Negative: 0 out of 7
HiNumberMay 8, 2007Powerful.
BradleyPApr 30, 2007Outstanding work. At 66, Mavis Staples takes most young R&B singers to school and shows them "how it's done" with rock solid grit and Outstanding work. At 66, Mavis Staples takes most young R&B singers to school and shows them "how it's done" with rock solid grit and charisma. As a friend said when he heard it, "there is absolutely nothing wrong with her singing!" - he meant it as a joke because she is so relentlessly perfect in her delivery. Every note drips with that "Rock of Ages" experience. Ry Cooder provides the funk and atmospherics we expect, exceptionally tasteful and organic. The political content is pronounced and self-evident, and her observations are spot-on in 2007. A real treat.… Expand
rubApr 29, 2007critics don't know shit - the music is simply amazing. simple.
RonJMay 3, 2007Mavis and Ry Cooder!....To my old ears, this is simply amazing. Important and funky....Best I have heard in years....
D.C.Apr 27, 2007Mavis's voice may crack in places, but her heart and grit are as strong as ever. This album is really a Staples/Cooder joint venture, Mavis's voice may crack in places, but her heart and grit are as strong as ever. This album is really a Staples/Cooder joint venture, and given Katrina and New Orelans, the NY shootings, Obama's candidacy, etc., etc., the freedom songs that are featured here are all relevent, and, abobe all, all brimming with angry, hopeful, proud, inspiring soul. Mavis testifies in the best of gospel tradition, and together with Cooder's slide guitar, channels her father, Pops Staples' message. All in all, one of best releases so far this year.… Expand
StefB.May 26, 2007A long overdue album, soulful and moving. Mavis Staples is revisiting the songs and give them power, she gives us food for thoughts. Great A long overdue album, soulful and moving. Mavis Staples is revisiting the songs and give them power, she gives us food for thoughts. Great masterpiece.… Expand
KenSMay 9, 2007One of the best of the year so far. Cooder's production and playing are perfect, as usual.
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