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Along with Mavis Staples' considerable talents, part of her recent success comes from picking worthy and sympathetic collaborators. On her last album, 2007’s outstanding We’ll Never Turn Back, she worked with Ry Cooder. This time she’s joined by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who does a fine production job by placing Staples’ rich, gritty, and resonant voice up front where it belongs. Simply put, she’s in terrific vocal form, a glorious combination of toughness and tenderness. Together they selected some choice material including songs by Randy Newman (“Losing You”), Allen Toussaint (“Last Train”), John Fogerty (“Wrote a Song for Everyone”), and a couple from Tweedy himself (“You Are Not Alone,” “Only the Lord Knows”). She also offers fresh readings of such traditional gospel tunes as “Creep Along Moses” and “In Christ There Is No East or West” and a pair of classic Staples Singers cuts (“Don’t Knock,” “Downward Road”) written by her late father, the great Roebuck “Pops” Staples. You Are Not Alone is a solid and highly enjoyable release that brims with Staples’ soul, grace, and indomitable spirit.

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I heard part of one song while watching
THE HELP. I was hooked I didn't need to hear the whole album. I just had a feeling it was gone to be good. Imagine my surprise when I heard it and it was GREAT!!!!!!!


i was hesitant to listen but im glad i did

13 tracks of pure joy

I double dog dare you to listen to this album and be in a bad mood. Ms. Staple's voice is a rich and soulful as it has ever been. The arrangements are fantastic. Great mix of gospel and soul. Highly recomend!


Born: July 10, 1939 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in 1939 in Chicago, Mavis Staples achieved wide recognition as lead singer for the Staple Singers. She first recorded solo for Stax subsidiary Volt in 1969. Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack on Curtom, a disappointing nod to disco for Warner in 1979, a misguided stab at electro-pop with Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1984, and an uneven album for Paisley Park. Staples has a rich contralto voice that has neither the range of Aretha Franklin nor the power of Patti LaBelle....
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