Rolling Stone (9/27/01, p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Summons the evangelical spirit of a crusade in progress, capturing the feeling not just of the revival tent but of the dark, human swampland lurking beyond it..."
Entertainment Weekly (4/27/01, p.119) - "...With an estimable backing band...and fetching covers...these gospel elders have found the fountain of youth..." - Rating: A-
Q (5/01, p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Their first attempt at recording modern gospel-inspired material succeeds admirably....powerful enough to give Karl Marx religion..."
CMJ (4/23/01, p.10) - "...There's always risk in taking such purity and adding outside elements, but the Blind Boys are the stars here...withtheir guests adding tasteful touches of blues and soul..."
Vibe (6/01, p.158) - 4 discs out of 5 - "With their gravelly, tight-knit gospel harmonizing and raw, gutbucket soul, [they] make cats liek Sisqo and K-Ci sound like vocal pip-sqeaks....It maikes you want to holla and scream, hallelujah!"
Mojo (Publisher) (5/01, p.112) - "...Refreshingly accessible, fitted out as it is with instrumental settings...that re both piquant and ingenious....an affecting album."
Blind Boys Of Alabama: Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, George Scott, Joey Williams (vocals).
Additional Personnel includes: David Lindley (electric & slide guitars, oud); John Hammond (electric guitar, dobro); Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica); Danny Thompson (double bass); Michael Jerome (drums).
Recorded at Capitol Studio B, Los Angeles, California between March 21 & 24.
SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
Liner Note Author: Davin Seay.
Recording information: Capitol Studio "B", Los Angeles, USA (03/21/2000-03/24/2000).
The appropriately titled SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY finds the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama drawing on their decades-long gospel legacy while keeping one eye firmly on the present. "Amazing Grace," "Nobody's Fault But Mine," and "Motherless Child" are here, among other entries from the Blind Boys' classic repertoire, but the group also tackles tunes by Tom Waits, Ben Harper, and the Rolling Stones. Tying it all together, of course, is the Boys' incomparable harmonies and down-home gospel fervor.