We'll Never Turn Back (2007) The engine of '70s gospel-pop hitmakers the Staples Singers gets a rootsy makeover on We'll Never Turn Back , via a label very good at… 2007-04-24 Mavis Staples Blues R&B
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We'll Never Turn Back (2007)

STAPLES CENTER Mavis will still take you there on her rootsy new CD
STAPLES CENTER Mavis will still take you there on her rootsy new CD
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 24, 2007; Lead Performance: Mavis Staples; Genres: Blues, R&B

The engine of '70s gospel-pop hitmakers the Staples Singers gets a rootsy makeover on We'll Never Turn Back, via a label very good at this sort of thing (Merle Haggard, Bettye LaVette). Guitarist/producer Ry Cooder's tasteful, unfussy arrangements are sometimes saved from predictability by son Joachim, whose digital loops add frisson to songs using the civil rights movement as inspiration and backdrop. But Mavis Staples' voice outshines all: rich, weathered, and full of fire, sometimes resolving in a cracked tone or a dark, knowing chuckle, her eyes still on the prize. B+

Originally posted May 03, 2007 Published in issue #933 May 11, 2007 Order article reprints