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Everything's Ok

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Everything's OK is not a gospel album, however musically, it draws on classic R&B and pop, and the lyrics speak of love relationships and life lessons. Blue Note. 2005.

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The great soul singer made his secular comeback with 2002's I Can't Stop, but Everything's OK is truly Al Green's return to form. Green left the concert stage for the pulpit in 1979, and while his pretty falsetto reading of Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" could easily be holy praise, he makes it clear in his asides that he's keeping things on a strictly earthly plane this time. Twenty-eight years after "Love and Happiness," these satisfying songs glide on those emotions as Green celebrates joy and carnal desire. He couldn't be clearer than in numbers like "I Wanna Hold You." When he sings about lovemaking his voice seems buoyed by helium, it's so light, high, and soaring. Green and producer Willie Mitchell made magic together at Memphis's Hi Records in the '70s with their mix of Green's buttery tones and ecstatic cries and deep percussion-, horn-, and keyboard-swathed grooves. They do it again here repeatedly, capturing the élan of their heyday on numbers like the title track and "Build Me Up." If Green's new missionary work is putting a little love in our hearts during these turbulent, conflicted times, this reassuringly titled CD is a great start. --Ted Drozdowski

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Everything's OK
  2. You Are So Beautiful
  3. Build Me Up
  4. Perfect To Me
  5. Nobody But You
  6. Real Love
  7. I Can Make Music
  8. Be My Baby
  9. Magic Road
  10. I Wanna Hold You
  11. Another Day
  12. All The Time


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00006I8LO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When they recorded their comeback "I Can't Stop" in 2003, Al Green and Willie Mitchell pulled off a difficult trick: they made an album that recalled their legendary 70's work, but without falling into self-imitation. It was a fresh, wonderful record, and track for track it nearly measured up to their classics.

Now, in 2005, they set themselves an even harder task. "Everything's OK" wants to be a serious hit on the contemporary r&b charts, but not alienate the longtime Al Green fanbase. It doesn't work.

The album has two major flaws. The songwriting is timid and uninspired, and the production is annoyingly thick. Personally, I don't mind if the material is weak: most of Green's albums in the mid to late 70's featured lazy songwriting, but remain classics because of that laidback, minimalist Hi sound, and, of course, Green's beseeching, barely-above-a-whisper vocals. And then there was the Hi band, consisting of the Hodges brothers and Al Jackson--they knew when to play, and, perhaps more importantly, when not to.

Here, however, the arrangements are busy, busy, busy. There isn't a crack on the album that hasn't been slathered over with horns, strings, or a million kinds of percussion. It doesn't matter how good the band is, since so much is going on that you can't pick any single player out. And it certainly doesn't help that Green himself is low in the mix, or that his singing occasionally sounds a bit hoarse and grasping.

To be fair, there are some nice moments. Perhaps only Green could remake the sodden "You Are So Beautiful" and turn it into a genuinely moving soul ballad. "I Can Make Music" recalls, in a minor way, slow burning classics like "Take Me to the River.
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I'm 22 years old, and for that reason, most people would probably expect me to empathize with contemporary R&B-ers. I rarely do, however. Their handiwork often sounds artificial and formulaic, and so I turn to classic soul for the music that truly moves and inspires me. I consider Al Green's Greatest Hits CD to be perhaps the finest album ever produced from that genre -- or any other genre, for that matter. Green's 2005 effort, "Everything's OK," isn't up to that incredible standard, but it's pretty unbelievable to hear it come as close as it does.

Make no mistake, "Everything's OK" contains Green's strongest vocal performances since he was in his prime roughly 30 years ago. Granted, his voice has clearly lost some of its magic and luster over the past three decades, but it has still retained far more than it has any natural right to. Green sounds simply fantastic throughout OK's 12 tracks, especially as he wails and whines in his peerless falsetto voice.

The musical arrangements, lyrics and vocals on OK aren't equal to Green's old masterpieces, such as "Love and Happiness," "Here I Am," "Tired of Being Alone," and "L-O-V-E," but they certaintly have reminiscient qualities. The title track, "Everything's OK" is just outstanding, and "I Can Make Music" is another uplifting gem. This album is substantially better than Green's "I Can't Stop" album from 2003. He just has the magic with him as he delivers pure, passionate and melodious tracks. Despite his age, he's still not singing. He's SANGING.

This CD will surely be appreciated by fans of Al Green, or anyone who enjoys classic soul music. No, it can't measure up to the Al Green of the past, but what the Reverend still has to offer is a whole lot better than "OK."
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If you enjoyed Al Green's last CD, "I Can't Stop," you should pick this up as well. The 1st single "Perfect to Me" is good, but "Build Me Up" and the title track are great. These three songs sound much like the tracks on the previous CD, but the Reverend takes more chances on this release which pays off on songs like "Nobody But You" and "Real Love." With his voice as awesome as it was 30 years ago on song after song and Willie Mitchell on production, only his all-time classic albums ("Let's Stay Together," "Call Me" & "I'm Still in Love With You") surpass the quality of "Everything's Ok." It's great to hear this legendary soul singer still at his peak. Highly recommended.
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This cd is truly Al Green in true form. 'Perfect To Me' is my favorite song from the cd and it takes you back to the days when you would hear an Al Green record and no one had to say, "who sings that song" you knew it was Al Green. The same goes for Everything's Ok, this cd sounds like the Al Green I grew up on. It's good to hear some real music. The cd is a must have.
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I always like Al Green's music. However this one is just a little too plain. The opening track sounds great. The 2nd track sounds wonderful and really gives me kinda nostalgic feeling. After listening to 6 tracks, I am kinda lost. The songs sound too similar to one another. Let me clarify. I think the rhythm section sounds too plastic and robotic. I would not be surprised if the rhythm section was all created by the drum machine or something like that. It sounds so unnatural. He needs to create a good variety of songs. His voice still sounds great as ever and it remains the best part of the album. Instrumental arrangement sounds good and it goes along with the songs harmoniously.
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