You Are Not Alone

  • Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2010

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. The production is bright and clear, and the arrangements showcase the star.
  2. You Are Not Alone is mostly invigorating gospel, though he somehow got her to apply that mighty rasp to the saddest song ever, Randy Newman's "Losing You."
  3. You Are Not Alone is ultimately timeless rather than retro.
  4. At 71, Staples still knows how to hang tough and shows no signs of slowing down.
  5. Rather than protest the state of the world, Staples is toasting human endurance-- hers as well as ours.
  6. Jan 11, 2011
    Despite reaching her eighth decade, Staples is making music that is strikingly modern, but the defining concept of the album is timeless: unadulterated hope.
  7. Under The Radar
    Oct 26, 2010
    With You Are Not Alone, Staples proves that, at the age of 71, her voice is in better shape than ever. [Fall 2010, p.69]
  8. Uncut
    The stripped-down, Muscle Shoals-style arrangements give Mavis space to do her thing, and the song choices are spot-on. [Oct 2010, p.106]
  9. There's nothing self-consciously modern or calculated about You Are Not Alone, no visible strain from trying to mold Staples' style into something she's not. It's just her, as she is at her best, and Tweedy deserves credit for bringing that out.
  10. The entire set speaks directly to the struggles and fears of an America desperately searching for some meaning and uplift. Staples and Tweedy have crafted a record with heart and grace, but also some toughness--all of them necessary if the goal is transcending troubled times.
  11. Produced by Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy, Staples' latest is a joyous celebration of life and faith on traditional gospel songs and tunes by Tweedy, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Randy Newman and Staples' father, Roebuck "Pops" Staples.
  12. You Are Not Alone is a solid outing that somehow amazingly manages to be both secular and sacred at once, and there is a stripped-down timelessness to it.
  13. If consistency has its rewards, then You Are Not Alone is a treasure.
  14. Staples isn't just a survivor. She's a great singer who is best when she gets to press onward.
  15. Q Magazine
    While on the secular likes of Randy Newman's Losing You she's never less than majestic, it's when celebrating her Lord that things really click. [Oct 2010, p.116]
  16. 60
    Tweedy's influence shows primarily on the two songs he wrote, especially the stoic title-track ballad. Yet the album's best moment belongs solely to Staples--a spare version of Randy Newman's "Losing You" that might well stand as definitive.

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