We'll Never Turn Back

  • Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  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. Mojo
    80
    An album that can only add to her legend. [May 2007, p.112]
  6. Cooder’s playing is sometime perfectly suited for the project, but other times seems horribly out of step with Mavis’ intention.
  7. Her great success is making these protest songs personal, and she does it in a most profoundly moving way.
  8. Because this album’s music is so strong, ironically, it risks being tuned out.
  9. Although rooted in history, this album’s themes and passion are timeless.
  10. Uncut
    70
    A successful fusion of tradition and modernism.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. StefB.
    May 26, 2007
    9
    A 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. Full Review »
  2. KenS
    May 9, 2007
    8
    One of the best of the year so far. Cooder's production and playing are perfect, as usual.
  3. HiNumber
    May 8, 2007
    10
    Powerful.