'Gotta change around here...' You know exactly what you're going to get with a new album from Mavis Staples in 2019. Stripped back Soul, pared down to the bare essentials from one of the few survivors from the original era, her voice still remarkably intact.
It's sad that the message still needs to be driven home in the here and now. We can't trust that man...' she sings at one point and you know all too well who she's talking about. It's good that Staples is here to deliver the line. We Get By, Staples new album, is as classic a distillation of the form as you could ever wish for.
The title track, a duet with Ben Harper is as good a song as you will hear all year. The message is still as strong as it ever was. You get the feeling that not enough people will be listening to these songs of pride, reconciliation and unity. Those that will won't be disappointed.