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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.Read more ›
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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its a great CD. If you're an Al Green Fan I encourage you to get it. in many ways his talent has grown more into his elder years.Published on April 27, 2013 by Brian W. Theisen
After years of a spotty and devoted gospel/christian music career the now Reverand Al Green made a very successful comeback at the turn of the millennium with I Can't Stop. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
Even when it sounds as though he is merely going through the motions, Reverend Al is worth listening to. Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
I was thrilled with Al's first soul album in almost 30 years ("I can't stop"), and I was happy to know that he and Willie had another new effort. Read morePublished on October 29, 2005 by John Gervickas
Al Green returns with one of the best soul albums I heard in a long time. His voice sounds like it is still the seventies and the music is beautiful. Read morePublished on October 10, 2005 by D Bourgie
This album is truer to Al Green's form than his last come back album I Can't Stop, but it's still just okay. Maybe Al Green should collaborate with R. Read morePublished on October 9, 2005 by F. Wells
Although his last album of a couple of years ago was his "comeback" to secular music, I think this one really represents a return to form for him. Read morePublished on September 16, 2005 by M. Tarr