AOTY 2020

We Get By

Mavis Staples - We Get By
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #148 / 758
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2019 Ratings: #444
May 24, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Anti, Epitaph / Label
Soul / Genres
mavisstaples.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters
Staples' voice takes on a martial cadence as she announces her belief in what's ahead. But as the album as a whole suggests, she's not ready to go yet. She still needs to help change the world, fall in love, and live a full life for as long as she is able. Amen, sister.
75
Pitchfork

Because Staples has lost little expressiveness with age, We Get By sounds surprisingly raucous and admirably rough around the edges, especially on the percolating “Anytime.” But these songs are more about the small, quiet spaces where Staples can catch her breath and steel her nerves.

usedtobe
82
80-year-old gospel icon's new effort is a timely statement and positivity in torch songs that scorches and sheds a new light about living in Uncle Sam's land. Preach it, Mavis!
Trindade31
70
Mavis Staples assim como o Elton John entende que não dá mais para fazer um álbum espetaculoso e exagerado (coisa que o Paul McCartney falta entender urgentemente). E diferente do Elton ela não ficou presa ao passado e mesmo que seja um disco altamente nostálgico ainda busca algo contemporâneo.

Heavy On my Mind se sustenta apenas com uma voz e violão, Never Needed Anyone e Anytime (tirando no refrão) tem só uma guitarrinha e batera ... read more
bielsucker
72
uma vibe muito boa, álbum extremamente nostálgico com vibes dos anos 80's/90's .. sem duvida um projeto lindo, com um visual que combina com as musicas em si do album
JVILCHIS
76
Incredibly vocals as usual. The album mixing was on point but something that really affected the entire album was the repetitive lyrics over and over, the song could have been shorter but instead it feel like they just tried to fill the 3 minute gap.
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Scores:

1. Change = 78
2. Anytime = 74
3. We Get By: 80
4 . Bothers ... read more
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Track List

  1. Change
  2. Anytime
  3. We Get By (feat. Ben Harper)
  4. Brothers and Sisters
  5. Heavy on My Mind
  6. Sometime
  7. Never Needed Anyone
  8. Stronger
  9. Chance on Me
  10. Hard to Leave
  11. One More Change
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Added on: March 23, 2019