Ollabelle (2004) Ollabelle might be described as gospel music for Norah Jones fans. That's no epithet, though roots purists may object to how smoothed-out this young Lower… 2004-03-09 Ollabelle
Music Review

Ollabelle (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 09, 2004; Lead Performance: Ollabelle

Ollabelle might be described as gospel music for Norah Jones fans. That's no epithet, though roots purists may object to how smoothed-out this young Lower East Side sextet's modernized blues spirituals get. Theirs isn't the most wrenching ''Soul of a Man'' imaginable, but the collective's soothing covers of African-American traditionals (and the Stones' ''I Am Waiting''!) feel perfectly legit -- and lovely -- in their own right. If this gospel happens to be Starbucks-friendly, well, God works in mysterious ways.

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints