Following a string of classic bedroom-luring hits ("Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still in Love With You"), Al Green opted to convert souls from a church pulpit.

Following a string of classic bedroom-luring hits ("Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still in Love With You"), Al Green opted to convert souls from a church pulpit. Fans craving his secular brand of down-home soul had to be content with periodic sightings including his Grammy Awards-nominated turn with Ann Nesby ("Put It on Paper"). Green and his '70s mentor/producer Willie Mitchell have reunited for this 12-song set of new material. Sparkling first single "I Can't Stop" jump-starts the proceedings, which also reunite Green with several of the musicians—Mitchell's trademark horns and background singers—who helped mint his soul legacy. Green still knows how to maneuver his way around a ballad ("Rainin' in My Heart"), wringing more emotion out of one wail than most contemporary singers can do in a whole song. There are some bumps along the way, though. Songs like "Play to Win" and "Too Many" sound dated and give off a nostalgic, rather than a contemporary, vibe. No matter. Fans will relish the opportunity to relive the good times.—GM