One True Vine (LP)


Mavis Staples

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Amoeba Review

06/24/2013

Mavis Staples’ 13th album — her second with collaborator Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, who lends originals and arranges covers — finds the Chicago soul singer churning out spare gospel blues that is absolutely haunting. Her deep contralto transforms Low’s “Holy Ghost,” taking the slowcore band’s song to new depths, while she makes Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That” more insistent with her commanding voice. Staples’s vocals are remarkably suited for Tweedy’s style of surrealistic country, giving the plaintive “Jesus Wept” a stronger sense of character than the song might have had with a different character. But while One True Vine leans toward morose, Staples and Tweedy keep things rhythmically dynamic. “Every Step” starts down in the dumps and moves into shuffling Motown territory halfway through. And “I Like the Things About Me” is an awesome ode to growing older and self-acceptance, with a big, life-affirming chorus that anyone can be inspired by. Though she sings the blues, Staples’ voice on One True Vine exudes the wisdom to make you feel like you can live through anything and come out stronger.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Holy Ghost
Mavis Staples 02:42
2.
Every Step
Mavis Staples 04:02
3.
Can You Get To That
Mavis Staples 02:57
4.
Jesus Wept
Mavis Staples 04:47
5.
Far Celestial Shores
Mavis Staples 02:55
6.
What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
Mavis Staples 04:03
7.
Sow Good Seeds
Mavis Staples 02:50
8.
I Like The Things About Me
Mavis Staples 03:57
9.
Woke Up This Morning (With Jesus On My Mind)
Mavis Staples 02:56
10.
One True Vine
Mavis Staples 03:42

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