We'll Never Turn Back - Mavis Staples
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  • Summary: Ry Cooder produced this new set of songs for the 66-year-old civil rights activist and member of famed gospel group the Staple Singers.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. Her great success is making these protest songs personal, and she does it in a most profoundly moving way.
  2. [It] seems like the album the 66-year-old singer was born to make
  3. Staples' voice outshines all: rich, weathered, and full of fire, sometimes resolving in a cracked tone or a dark, knowing chuckle, her eyes still on the prize.
  4. While the overall arc is inspirational, the album takes an unflinchingly dark view of the civil rights struggle.
  5. 70
    A successful fusion of tradition and modernism.
  6. We'll Never Turn Back is the kind of album we need at the moment, one that doesn't flinch from the tradition but doesn't present it as a museum piece either.
  7. If her album is musically uneven at times, her artistry and strength continue to shine as undimmed beacons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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