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  • Summary: The live recording from the soul singer's two-night performance at London's Union Chapel was self-produced.
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  1. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Staples sounds more energized and in control here than on the 2008 set.
  2. 80
    It remains an electric, inspired show thanks to an exceedingly talented band led by guitarist Rick Holmstrom, and of course Staples’ larger than life voice, vitality and sheer personality. Pushing 80, she seems unstoppable.
  3. Feb 6, 2019
    80
    Live in London doesn't offer especially new insight into an artist who has made clear statements. It does, however, show that as she approaches 80, Mavis Staples has an outlook and a vitality that should be influential on today's culture, whether in smart uses of tradition or new creative ventures.
  4. Feb 7, 2019
    80
    The songs vary in songwriting quality but you can’t argue with the performances. Everything she puts on the album is elevated.
  5. Feb 11, 2019
    75
    Beneath the energetic exterior, a steely resolve informs the songs.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 6, 2019
    70
    Sympathetic rock collaborators have written fine new Mavis albums in her spirit, and her gigs are exhilarating revival meetings for her friend Martin Luther King's mission. Focusing on those new songs, these 79th-birthday recordings don't quite capture that fervour. [Mar 2019, p. 34]
  7. Feb 8, 2019
    68
    These arrangements may help give definition to a tune as fragile as Vernon’s “Dedicated” but, more than anything, casting these recent songs in the same light as “Touch a Hand” or “Let’s Do It Again”--a number one hit for the Staple Singers back in 1975, but rarely remembered as well as “Respect Yourself"”--helps shift the focus to how Mavis still sounds mighty as ever.

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