Mavis Staples We Get By

We Get By

Mavis Staples

Released on May 24, 2019 by Anti - Epitaph

Main artist: Mavis Staples

Genre: Soul/Funk/R&B > Soul

Distinctions: 4F de Télérama ( May 2019)

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Mavis Staples has lived a life in music dominated by keeping the faith and continuing the struggle. Once the lead voice in The Staple Singers and reborn as an Americana hero thanks to recent albums produced by Ry Cooder, M. Ward and Jeff Tweedy, Staples has a famously unshakable faith in her country and in humankind. But the current state of the world has convinced this friend of Dr. Martin Luther King and performer at JFK’s inauguration to gracefully spur change. Staples and producer Ben Harper have created a natural musical setting for her considerable powers of passion and authority; it's simple, warm and funky, with plenty of space for ardent appeals. While the album title suggests endurance, it’s clear early on that activism, not resignation or anger, is the thrust here. Staples applies her expressive, grown-husky-yet-still-remarkably-supple voice on Brothers and Sisters to pour out the yearning: "Trouble in the land / Can’t trust that man / Bring us another plan / We’ve come too far to be lost." We Get By wisely features Staples' seasoned, acutely-attuned-to-her-voice road band. Just as Roebuck "Pops" Staples' guitar was the other big instrument in The Staple Singers, Mavis now has another guitarist Rick Holmstrom, who leads all the tunes here with his reverb-inflected single note style. Closing the album with One More Change to Make, where she proclaims, "Some things take a lifetime / Some things can’t wait," Mavis Staples makes it clear she hasn’t lost her faith yet and is taking action now before she does. © Robert Baird / Qobuz
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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:36:48

  1. 1 Change

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  2. 2 Anytime

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist - Jason Mozersky, Writer Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  3. 3 We Get By (feat. Ben Harper)

    Ben Harper, Vocals, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  4. 4 Brothers And Sisters

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  5. 5 Heavy On My Mind

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  6. 6 Sometime

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  7. 7 Never Needed Anyone

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  8. 8 Stronger

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  9. 9 Chance On Me

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  10. 10 Hard To Leave

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

  11. 11 One More Change

    Ben Harper, Writer - Mavis Staples, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Anti 2019 Anti

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  • Mavis Staples has lived a life in music dominated by keeping the faith and continuing the struggle. Once the lead voice in The Staple Singers and reborn as an Americana hero thanks to recent albums produced by Ry Cooder, M. Ward and Jeff Tweedy, Staples has a famously unshakable faith in her country and in humankind. But the current state of the world has convinced this friend of Dr. Martin Luther King and performer at JFK’s inauguration to gracefully spur change. Staples and producer Ben Harper have created a natural musical setting for her considerable powers of passion and authority; it's simple, warm and funky, with plenty of space for ardent appeals. While the album title suggests endurance, it’s clear early on that activism, not resignation or anger, is the thrust here. Staples applies her expressive, grown-husky-yet-still-remarkably-supple voice on Brothers and Sisters to pour out the yearning: "Trouble in the land / Can’t trust that man / Bring us another plan / We’ve come too far to be lost." We Get By wisely features Staples' seasoned, acutely-attuned-to-her-voice road band. Just as Roebuck "Pops" Staples' guitar was the other big instrument in The Staple Singers, Mavis now has another guitarist Rick Holmstrom, who leads all the tunes here with his reverb-inflected single note style. Closing the album with One More Change to Make, where she proclaims, "Some things take a lifetime / Some things can’t wait," Mavis Staples makes it clear she hasn’t lost her faith yet and is taking action now before she does. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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