CD You Are Not Alone [Digipak] (CD 6971526), Audio Other
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You Are Not Alone [Digipak]
1. Don't Knock
2. You Are Not Alone
3. Downward Road
4. In Christ There Is No East or West
5. Creep Along Moses
6. Losing You
7. I Belong to the Band
8. Last Train
9. Only the Lord Knows
10. Wrote a Song for Everyone
11. We're Gonna Make It
12. Wonderful Savior
13. Too Close/On My Way to Heaven
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ANTI87076
Jason Tobias; Tom Schick
Personnel: Donny Gerrard (vocals); Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes (guitar); Stephen Hodges (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tom Schick.
Recording information: The Wilco Loft, Chicago, IL.
Photographer: Chris Strong.
You Are Not Alone finds Mavis Staples teaming up with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who produced the album and arranged the songs, and while Tweedy may seem an odd fit, he obviously knew what he was up to, crafting material that fits Staples' gospel-fueled vocals.
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Staples' voice is a rich, liquid wonder, and Tweedy's production -- thick with guitar tremolo -- is faithful to her funk and gospel work with the Staples Singers."
Entertainment Weekly (p.139) - "[S]tellar...with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy producing 71-year-old gospel great Staples." -- Grade: A-
CMJ - "Staples' voice has aged remarkably well, and the rasps and crackles come in all the right places..."
Living Blues (p.40) - "Mavis applies her throaty contralto with consummate passion to a mix of spiritual and secular material that includes a hauntingly harmonized a cappella reading of 'Wonderful Savior'..."
Billboard (p.40) - "The standout is Staples' tear-stained take of Randy Newman's 'Losing You.' She wrings every bit of emotion out of the song without seemingly batting an eye."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Little Milton's gutsy soul'n'blues 'We're Gonna Make It' is delivered unequivocally as a hymnal to universal peace; Mavis's vocal performance, intense, deep, almost a growl at times, and quite simply jaw-dropping."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.56) - Ranked #12 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "The results: exciting, impassioned, essential."
Pitchfork (Website) - "'You Are Not Alone, as its title suggests, intends to be a salve in hard times, and Staples rallies her most sympathetic delivery, as if comforting listeners individually."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'You Don't Knock' is a deft gospel number that sets things off well with an uplifting call-and-response passage."
Uncut (magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The stripped-down, Muscle Shoals-style arrangements give Mavis space to do her thing, and the song choices are spot-on..."
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