AOTY 2019

One True Vine

Mavis Staples - One True Vine
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #164 / 961
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Based on 10 ratings
June 25, 2013 / Release Date
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A.V. Club

One True Vine sounds at once contemporary and true to Staples’ lengthy career and history.


Downhome gospel infuses the lean arrangements, providing a gritty undertow that juxtaposes the ’70s gospel/soul-pop icon’s forged plain dirt ’n’ fire alto.


Throughout, Tweedy and company give Mavis even more room than on You Are Not Alone. While this isn't as exciting, the grip is instant, hard to break.

Consequence of Sound

She yearns on these songs: for God, for love, and for peace. Her conviction is truly inspiring.

Under The Radar

One True Vine is a neat reminder, if any were needed, that Mavis Staples has a voice that has matured from merely outstanding to one of the most unique and perfect going today.


One True Vine tarries too long in doubt before finally breaking that dour spell and inviting the listener in on the celebration.


It’s a rich, beautifully crafted and moving experience, and further evidence that the Mavis Staples/Jeff Tweedy partnership is the musical equivalent of a marriage made in heaven. 

Drowned in Sound

Staples and Tweedy’s partnership may not catapult her to renewed fame, but it continues to throw up some of the most sparkling moments of their respective careers.

The Line of Best Fit

It may not always live up to its title, but it’s certainly an interesting branch of what will hopefully continue to be a long and fruitful partnership.

Peço desculpas antecipadas a quem possa ofender a minha próxima afirmação, mas eu devo dizer a verdade: a música gospel nacional é uma grande "droga". Não importa se são evangélicos que acham que cantar é o mesmo que pregar gritando como se estivesse tirando o "coisa ruim" do corpo da menina do Exorcista ou padres que acham que são cantores, mas não tem nenhuma noção do que ... read more
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Track List

  1. Holy Ghost
  2. Every Step
  3. Can You Get To That
  4. Jesus Wept
  5. Celestial Shores
  6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
  7. Sow Good Seeds
  8. I Like The Things About Me
  9. Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus
  10. One True Vine
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