One True Vine

June 25, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 21, 2013
  • Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2013 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 34:51
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  • ASIN: B00DAMO7MM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,415 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on June 25, 2013
Format: Audio CD
One of the high points of recent years for those with a love for "real music" was the pairing together of veteran blues/gospel singer Mavis Staples who enlisted Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, a fellow native of Chicago to produce the Grammy-winning "You Are Not Alone". This was one of the finest albums of that or any year and Staples blues take on the double pairing of "Too Close To Heaven/I'm On My Way To Heaven Anyhow" was so deep it was almost primal. What great news then to see the two re-unitied and producing what is for all intents and purposes a follow up but with an even stronger gospel base. Staples is now well into her seventies and her voice remains an instrument which undoubtedly has the firm backing of the Lord providing its divine inspiration. It is by no means perfect, sometimes falters and there is the odd blemish but all this adds to its raw power rather than detracts from it. The mood of the album is subdued but infused with raw emotion. Tweedy's production assists this by stripping back the arrangements almost to bare boned acoustics. It is not completely susprising bearing in mind his own recent production duties with slow core masters Low, that Tweedy starts off Staples with a cover of one of their most recent songs the ethereal country of "Holy Ghost". The pattern of this song devised by Duluth's most famous band works perfectly for Staples voice and it is a brilliant start. Even better is the menace that Tweedy introduces into the old spiritual "Every step of the way" and that voice infuses it with an emotion that most singers strive for but never achieve. Much more surprising is the sprightly take on Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That" which does on initial hearings appear slighty out of place but eventually fits the album like a glove.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on July 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
You know what's sad? That more veteran, legendary artists don't receive their just due or rightful acclaim. Sure, Mavis Staples is long past her prime, but the contralto's most recent album One True Vine is easily more well-rounded compared to albums by artists more than half-her age (74). Staples may not 'let loose' as much as she has in the past, but One True Vine is another fine addition to a rich discography (particularly with The Staple Singers). A tight ten songs at a brief 35 minutes, One True Vine packs a mighty, inspired punch.

One True Vine opens with a relatively unknown, obscure number in "Holy Ghost", a cover of indie-rock band Low. Given spiritual, roots-driven nature of One True Vine, "Holy Ghost" is the perfect opener. Rather than receiving a truly rousing portrayal, "Holy Ghost" sort of 'breathes' on the listener, anointing with a quieter, more relaxed energy. Jeff Tweedy original "Every Step" opens somewhat restrained, but constantly evolves including more instrumentation and accentuating backing vocalists. The results are nothing short of magnificent, as "Every Step" gives Staples a 'brand new classic' of sorts that should appeal equally to gospel and R&B audiences. Capping off the exceptional opening trio, Parliament gets fine treatment on cover "Can You Get To That", which Staples funkily tackles. Solid production work by Tweedy certainly doesn't hurt either.

"Jesus Wept" continues to showcase Staple's impressive vocals, age considered or not. It runs a bit long, but the folksy, six-eight ballad still awes. "Far Celestial Shore" contrasts, returning to a quicker tempo and more brevity.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
When Mavis Staples voluntarily collaborated with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for her 2010 album You Are Not Alone, it won a Grammy Award. But in all honest I simply wasn't taken it by the musical collaboration behind it. And still am not. Mavis Staples as a vocal talent and cultural icon is incomparable. And in his time Jeff Tweedy has a tremendous musical talent all his own. Now I'm aware of the Staple Singers folk-soul back round in their salad days. Yet Mavis seems to function better when the instrumentation is more closely attuned to her own talents. What made me stream this album to give it another try,since I wasn't interested in buying it was hearing Mavis herself comment that, while she found her Staples classics very easy and natural for her that Tweedy's song selections presented more of a vocal challenge for her. So the results of this album,while not ideal are a bit more appealing to me personally than its predecessor.

"Holy Ghost" begins the album with Tweedy's very gentle acoustic guitar playing to Mavis's own little gospel symphony of vocals. "Every Step" starts out with a similar acoustic based blues before a stark reverved funk rhythm comes in to give the song some extra edge. Mavis does George Clinton's "Can You Get To That Here",actually a far cleaner recorded version that Funkadelic's 1971 original,yet is extremely true instrumentally and vocally to the original. One of the favorite things I've ever heard Mavis do in her career actually.
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