Have a Little Faith

Sure, Mavis Staples is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—thanks to her family gig the Staple Singers—but nobody should conclude that she's past her prime.

Sure, Mavis Staples is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—thanks to her family gig the Staple Singers—but nobody should conclude that she's past her prime. "Have a Little Faith" demonstrates that she is very much in command of her music. Here, Staples does what she so often did with the Staple Singers: mix contemporary spiritual tunes with soul and R&B, endowing each with a generous measure of groove. From the opening track, "Step Into the Light," an uncanny mix of acoustic blues and soul, to the uplifting messages of "Ain't No Better Than You" and "At the End of the Day," Staples' performance is a constant delight. "Have a Little Faith" is a glorious album of tremendous emotional depth, a work that reaffirms Staples' place among the finest singers in modern American music.—PVV