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Album Review

The successful self-titled reissue of Fame-era material released in early 2004 allowed Candi Staton to make this, her first secular album in several years. Where 1999's Outside In was a way to take advantage of her unplanned return to the clubs — a couple singles released during the '90s used a vocal she recorded for a documentary about a man's struggle with life-threatening obesity — His Hands is 100 percent Southern soul. Staton involves several family members and longtime associates, including son Marcus Williams (a seasoned drummer who has played with her for years), daughter Cassandra Hightower, sister Maggie Staton Peebles, and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section organist Barry Beckett. It might be surprising to see that Lambchop's Mark Nevers produced the session, and that Lambchop ally Lloyd Barry arranged the horns, but both men have done extensive work with Staton's peers in the gospel world. Though seven of the 11 songs are provided by others (Merle Haggard, Red Simpson, Bert Berns, Will Oldham), Staton uses almost all of the album to work through the pain caused by her brutal past relationships, some of which came and went as she was churning out gospel material. Something like this has evidently been a long time coming. Going by her performances, she's possibly more familiar with the emotions running through the likes of "When Hearts Grow Cold" and "You Never Really Wanted Me" than the songwriters, and her voice remains a rich and powerful instrument — it's amazing how little her voice has changed through nearly four decades. Even when the arrangements come too close to resembling slight facsimiles of classic Southern soul (which isn't too frequently), Staton's heartache is enough to cut through your soul. This is a very good album, and knowing that Staton seems to have cleared a glorious path through her dependencies and abusive relationships makes it all the more sweet.

Customer Reviews

The Queen of Southern Soul returns!

The Queen of Southern Soul returns to her Muscle Shoals roots! And "that sound", as only it could have come from the STAX and FAME glory years, is alive and vibrant as ever and Staton's voice remains an evergreen instrument. This disc finds Staton some forty years from her original R&B hit-maker days (FAME Records 70-74); thirty years from her re-birth as a Disco Diva (WBs. 76-82), an era which also included the classic No.1 "Young Hearts Run Free" and finally HIS HANDS (2006) reaches miles from her most recent invention as an instrument of Gospel. Just listen to HIS HANDS opener "You Don't Have Far to Go" invitation to break a heart written by Merle Haggard and served with Candi's hurt, honey-voiced soul or the Will Oldham penned title track "His Hands" where Staton's nuanced voice recalls (perhaps all-too-real) the hateful pain of abuse from a man she really loved. Hearing "How Do I Get Over You?" so closely walks down a road to that Bluesy land of "gravy & grits" Soul and Candi follows the path perfectly...she's home in these well lived-in "life songs"...a quote from the lady herself. Not since the early 70's has an artist such as Candi Staton sounded this real...or this good. Amazing.

Sugar sweet sadness and soulful inspiration.

Why does this fantastic artist not release an album a month??She should!!
Dan Tyler's "When Will I" is serious back to church music.
Tommy Tate and Richard Kuebler's poignant "When Hearts Grow Cold"
is a delightful tear jerker.
Whole album is a smash!!
Love me some Candi Staton!!


Born: March 13, 1940 in Hanceville, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born March 13, 1940, in Hanceville, AL, Candi Stanton sang with the Jewell Gospel Trio as a teenager. They toured the traditional gospel circuit in the 1950s with the Soul Stirrers, C.L. Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson. They recorded several sides for Nashboro, Apollo, and Savoy Records between 1953 and 1963. In 1968 Staton launched solo career as a Southern soul stylist, garnering 16 R&B hits for Rick Hall's legendary Fame Studios and gaining the title of First Lady of Southern Soul for her Grammy-nominated...
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