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Rolling Stone (p.176) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Staples shows sheer vocal authority, and she can still deliver a spine-chilling 'amen.'"Uncut (p.140) - 3 stars out of 5 -"[A] minor gem. A good band and decent songs bring out the best in her still-smouldering voice."Down Beat (p.76) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "The production is fresh throughout and Staples' throaty vocals remain unparalleled."Living Blues (pp.38-9) - "[S]he warns, cajoles, encourages, and challenges us in a voice both rich with wisdom and redolent with the light of faith..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]ts dozen mostly self-penned tracks comprise a solid set that combines the uplift of Staples' Stax-era soul with flashes of the searching, spooky gospel of the group's Vee-Jay years. Worth the wait."134.2645

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Rolling Stone (p.116) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007".Q (p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n album that aims to rekindle the spirit of the '60s civil rights movement....Persuasive..."Down Beat (p.53) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Her singing has never lost the crazy potency that it had when she was younger, and it's still as beautiful and haunting as ever on this new CD."Dirty Linen (p.56) - "These are songs of hope and protest....The power, strength, and heartfelt sincerity in the delivery drives the disc home."Living Blues (p.43) - "WE'LL NEVER TURN BACK features Staples applying her throaty, emotive contralto to a program that includes spirituals..."No Depression (pp.78-79) - "In purely musical effect, the power, passion and conviction that permeate this project cannot be denied. Nor resisted."Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n assemblage of liberation cries, as passionate and relevant today as then..."95.90321

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Q (Magazine) (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mavis Staples's grittily sensual voice, lyrics that reflected the concerns of black America and the ace Muscle Shoals rhythms section made a potent team..."0.840937

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No Depression (pp.89-90) - "Gorka steps out of his gentle folkie mode twice, offering the high-stepping humor of 'I Miss Everyone' and the lightly grooving 'When You Sing', inspired by Mavis Staples."0.7208031

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Billboard (p.28) - "Conjuring soul sisters Aretha Franklin, Betty Wright, Mavis Staples and Millie Jackson, James puts her unique emotional stamp on the churchy 'The Fact Is,' the smoky groove 'Party All Night' and the emphatic 'Tell Me You Love Me.'"0.7208031

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ann Peebles' gospel tones seep through a remarkably faithful cover of Bob Dylan's 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You'..."0.5936226

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Dirty Linen (p.54) - "Her melodious growl is sustained and effective and rich, with a focused purpose remaining from past struggles, but that is clearly intact and directed to the future."Billboard (p.77) - "At 69, Staples' power-train voice is close to rugged perfection throughout, and she's wonderfully fired up."Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mavis delivers the civil rights hymnbook with passion and poignancy, from a rousing rendition of the traditional spiritual 'Wade In The Water' through an animated 'For What It's Worth' to a heartfelt 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken.'"Clash (magazine) (p.122) - "A genuine soul music legend, Mavis Staples proves she is still a force to be reckoned with on this new live album."0.4204685

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Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Pop Tweedy is one of the most emotionally fluent American songwriters around....It all adds up to another tour de force from a guy who's made a few."CMJ - "Jeff Tweedy plays every instrument on SUKIERAE, and his son Spencer Tweedy handles the drums. His drumming, which we also heard on the Jeff Tweedy-produced Mavis Staples album One True Vine, works wonderfully on SUKIERAE..."Paste (magazine) - "The album begins with noisy, lurching guitar and explosive drums...then wends its way through buoyant pop songs, drowsy folk numbers and thorny experimental stretches that explore shifting rhythms and hypnotic drones."Pitchfork (Website) - "Spencer gives 'Diamond Light, Pt. 1' its jittery gallop, 'Low Key' its low-key hustle, 'World Away' its classic rock rumble..."Clash (magazine) - "'Fake Fur Coat' recalls the simple pleasures of Tweedy's interpretations of Woody Guthrie's work some 15 years ago."0.3604016

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Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Pop Tweedy is one of the most emotionally fluent American songwriters around....It all adds up to another tour de force from a guy who's made a few."CMJ - "Jeff Tweedy plays every instrument on SUKIERAE, and his son Spencer Tweedy handles the drums. His drumming, which we also heard on the Jeff Tweedy-produced Mavis Staples album One True Vine, works wonderfully on SUKIERAE..."Paste (magazine) - "The album begins with noisy, lurching guitar and explosive drums...then wends its way through buoyant pop songs, drowsy folk numbers and thorny experimental stretches that explore shifting rhythms and hypnotic drones."Pitchfork (Website) - "Spencer gives 'Diamond Light, Pt. 1' its jittery gallop, 'Low Key' its low-key hustle, 'World Away' its classic rock rumble..."Clash (magazine) - "'Fake Fur Coat' recalls the simple pleasures of Tweedy's interpretations of Woody Guthrie's work some 15 years ago."0.3604016

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"[T]his is gospel Vegas-style..." Uncut0.3427281

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Entertainment Weekly (12/19/03, p.74) - "...[The Blind Boys and their guests join] players like John Medeski [in] turning up the spiritual-blues simmer..." - RAting: A-Dirty Linen (p.49) - "[T]his concert spans the seasons, much like the Blind Boys span the years and bridge the generations. There's a stunning version of 'Amazing Grace'..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/04, p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]ere the Blind Boys take on standards such as 'White Christmas' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and fashion them into stirring soul sermons."0.3427281

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The album] deftly bridges the two eras."Uncut (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his Robbie Fulks-produced salute expertly summons Paycheck's soulful heartache."0.293767

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Dirty Linen (p.88) - "[With] a modern gospel sound from one of the most soul-filled voices in contemporary country, Jon Randall..."0.293767

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he icons and belters on this two-CD party include guitar lords like Albert Collins, Son Seals and Luther Allison; vocal volcanoes Koko Taylor and the Holmes Brothers; and the modern-Delta stylist Corey Harris."Living Blues (p.66) - "Perhaps one of the Alligator's greatest triumphs, and undoubtedly one of its paramount voices, was the late Koko Taylor. The Queen of the Blues recorded with the label for 35 years..."Billboard (p.40) - "[A] sampler that touches on great moments and key acts....Sure to send listeners deeper into the individual artists' catalogs."Record Collector (magazine) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] healthy doses of blues-infused rockabilly, front porch soul, gospel, rock, ballads, New Orleans R&B, country and zydeco."0.1958447

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Entertainment Weekly (12/1/00, p.98) - "...A well-picked assortment....No soul-music fan should deny himself this..." - Rating: B+Living Blues (1-2/01, p.83) - "...An overview of the Memphis label's hitmaking activities from beginning to end..."Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.96) - "...Sublime soul music....as familiar as favorite old shoes, and as funky..."0.1224029

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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..."0.4205508

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