Dirty Linen (p.54) - "Her melodious growl is sustained and effective and rich, with a focused purpose remaining from past struggles, but that is clearly intact and directed to the future."
Billboard (p.77) - "At 69, Staples' power-train voice is close to rugged perfection throughout, and she's wonderfully fired up."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mavis delivers the civil rights hymnbook with passion and poignancy, from a rousing rendition of the traditional spiritual 'Wade In The Water' through an animated 'For What It's Worth' to a heartfelt 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken.'"
Clash (magazine) (p.122) - "A genuine soul music legend, Mavis Staples proves she is still a force to be reckoned with on this new live album."
Personnel: Mavis Staples (vocals); Rick Holmstrom (guitar); Stephen Hodges (drums); Donny Gerrard, Yvonne Staples, Chavonne Morris (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Rob Schnapf.
Liner Note Author: Scott Smith.
Recording information: Metro Mobile Media; The Hideout, Chicago, IL.
Photographers: Chris Strong; John "Nunu" Zumont.
Arrangers: Mavis Staples; Roebuck "Pops" Staples; Ry Cooder.
Focusing on songs from her most recent studio album, 2007's WE'LL NEVER TURN BACK, Mavis Staples turns in a solid set on this 2008 live recording from Chicago's Hideout club. Backed by a tight band with a raw, spare sound, Staples digs into tunes that sport her trademark blend of blues, soul, and gospel, from revamped spirituals like "Wade in the Water" to the Staple Singers classic "I'll Take You There."