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You Are Not Alone

September 10, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Release Date: September 10, 2010
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
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  • Total Length: 45:08
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  • ASIN: B0041SEZ9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,552 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sick Muse on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
You can't really classify Mavis--she's less a gospel singer or soul singer and more a piece of American history in musical form, and she uses her voice to channel her unique experience and her special spirit.

On this album she does sing quite a few gospel songs, and you can really hear how vital her faith is to her life. But her band is a rocking, rootsty, bluesy trio, her backup singers range from indie rockers (the Neko Case affiliated duo of Nora O'Connor and Kelly Hogan) to 70's-power ballad veterans (Donny Gerrard sang lead on a Top Ten hit for Skylark that Tupac sampled), and with Jeff Tweedy picking decidedly non-gospel songs by Fogerty, Randy Newman, Little Milton and Allen Touissant plus writing two new ones for her to sing, the record easily transcends the "gospel" tag. The result is a rollicking set of songs with the common denominator being Mavis' force of nature voice soaring, celebrating, whispering and goading you into smiling and nodding and singing along.

While not every song totally works ('Creep Along Moses' is a little too stuttery and off-the-wall for me), the halfway track, "I Belong To the Band" epitomizes the album: Mavis singing an old-timey standard with all her heart and soul and creating a joyful, jumping house party singalong with a fat bassline and a killer guitar solo. And even an atheist can love that...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Luigi Facotti VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
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I've been a fan of Mavis Staples as part of the Staples Singers and especially since her early outings as a solo artist on Volt with Steve Cropper and Don Davis producing. Since the demise of Stax, Mavis had a great album produced by Prince and Al Bell. Since then, apart from an outing with Lucky Peterson on Verve, her output has been very spotty. On this album, she's back in great form. I've not followed Jeff Tweedy but his production is really sympathetic to her voice as well as soulful - with a lead guitar that while lacking some of the melody is reminiscent of Pops Staples. A really good album. Also sounds better on CD than on the Amazon sound clips.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
What a treat to stumble onto this album streaming alongside Robert Plant's brilliant new record "Band of Joy" on the the excellent New Public Radio. Mavis Staples voice at the age of 71 remains a minor miracle and her gospel zeal is fundamentally intact. On her version of "Pops" Staples "Downward Road" the third song on this new album she openly berates those amongst us who are "unbelieving souls" and it is indeed a fearsome salutatory warning to all ungodly pagans (I must pop along to the the old non conformist chapel one Sunday!) Indeed listening to her enduring and rich deep soul contralto it suggests that being on the side of the lord has done her no harm whatsoever with this set of deeply rooted gospel songs being her best in years. An additional and more secular factor may also be the presence of Wilco's resident genius Jeff Tweedy providing the albums production and a couple of songs including the gently rolling country soul of the title track which must be one of the best songs that Tweedy has never recorded with his own band.

The Tweedy-Staples pairing does not seem that likely a partnership but shared love of both of them for Chicago blues, gospel and R&B provides the unifying force and it works a treat. No where is this more apparent than on the stirring "Creep along Moses" which is the type of gospel powerhouse infused with the emotion that is at the heart of soul music and is an aural delight to savour. It takes considerable restraint not to utter a loud "hallelujah" at the songs conclusion. The mood slows on Staples dramatic cover of Randy Newman's "Losing you" which is infused with so much genuine authenticity and passion that it will barely leave a dry eye in the house particularly when she sings "Do you know how much you mean to me?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on November 27, 2010
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My love for Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers goes back to 1972 when I was 20. I belonged to a somewhat cultish home-church in which listening to secular music was greatly frowned upon. As a poet, I had the Psalms as a model that could not be spoken against, but as a fan of the blues among other music, I was greatly cramped. So much Christian music was and is over-produced, over-commercial and derivative. (This last goes mostly for those who record as "Christian Artists." There is of course more and more great work all the time by indie and "secular" artists who hold Christian world views.)

The local Woolworth's came to my rescue with very cheaply manufactured, crackly LPs on the Upfront label by the Staple Singers and the Harmonizing Four. This was my first intro to these original recordings made close to two decades earlier, and to the rich and haunting genre of blues-based black gospel. These gave me something I could actually enjoy deep-down that also fit the bill of being thoroughly Christian.

Coming down to the album at hand, Mavis has lost none of her rootsy soulfulness, but the sound is much easier on the ears than those old albums. (The modern downloads I have of the Staple Singers original recordings are also much better.) I'm not familiar with the producer by name, but the production is tight without being slick. The choice of songs, whether "Christian" or not, is wonderful, and the album really flows. The first song "Don't Knock" and the second song of the last medley, "On My Way," are two of the songs on my old Upfront LP, and it's good to hear them this way. Highly recommended.
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