Articles tagged gospel

3 Jun 2015 // 3:20 AM

Algiers: Algiers

The debut album from the post-punk/gospel trio Algiers is provocative, challenging, and nothing short of a triumph.

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Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune

Though only four songs long, her latest, Your Good Fortune, offers a succinct summation of Staples’ range and ability.

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Leo Bud Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues

On this latest album, Leo Bud Welch makes the blues sound like the future and, at 82 years old, his future is bright.

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Various Artists: When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936

Tompkins Square’s third major anthology of African-American gospel draws from the genre's earliest recorded sources to offer listeners evocative echoes of the nineteenth century.

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Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers

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Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.

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17 Oct 2014 // 2:06 AM

Ry Cooder: Soundtracks

Rhino’s seven CD retrospective box set Soundtracks covers off the bulk of Ry Cooder’s ‘80s film work. Interesting and varied, this is a worthy re-issue.

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Blind Boys of Alabama: Take the High Road

Few surprises, but there's no moment of this album that doesn't sound good.

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Brigitte DeMeyer Gets Religion, Hallelujah!

Singer songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer moved to Nashville from the Bay Area last year. Her new material (her next album Rose of Jericho is due to

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29 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Mary Mary: Something Big

Mary Mary make state-of-the-art inspirational R&B, have conflicted feelings about losers.

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Charlie Parr: When the Devil Goes Blind

Fine picking, vocals that make a mockery of microphone style, and lyrics about trains, tracks, and times past, all filtered through the immediacy of the present and performed under the influence of enthusiasm.

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Daniel Martin Moore: In the Cool of the Day

Do you feel inspired?

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A Blues for Walter: Remembering a Gospel Legend

A towering figure in gospel music history, the late Bishop Walter Hawkins not only built an impressive discography that helped shape the contemporary gospel sound, but he also created a body of work that remains central to the black religious experience.

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11 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Michael Olatuja: Speak

The guitar licks a smooth path through 50 minutes of gospel and soul, with Yoruba touches dropped in along the way.

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Soul revival: At 74, Garnet Mimms pops up again with a new album

Garnet Mimms didn’t see himself as a musical trailblazer when he cut the career-making “Cry Baby” in 1963. “No, not really, but they told me

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Margie Joseph Reclaims Her Soul: The Interview

Atlantic Records matched one of the most soulful female vocalists of the '70s with one of the all-time greatest producers. Three decades later, why is Margie Joseph not singing all the way to the bank?

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Sounding the Call for Equality: An Interview with Mavis Staples

Staples: "What has really changed? I'm 67 years old, and I was here the first time around and it's still not fixed. We can't let Dr. King shed his blood and die for us trying to get justice and live in a world like this."

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Aretha Franklin: The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years (1960-1965)

Arguably one of the most important recordings done by a black artists in the post-Civil Rights era, throughout Amazing Grace Franklin seamlessly weaves through traditional sacred recordings.

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Fave Five: Alpine

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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