Mavis Staples, from One True Vine (Anti-); streaming at YouTube.com.
“I looked in the mirror, and what did I see? A brand new image of the same old me.”
The gospel singer Mavis Staples has a mirror that is true and magic, which she uses to see herself in self-appreciating ways.
Against the attention-getting fuzz-bass riff of producer Jeff Tweedy, the formerly Afroed Staples recalls the days when she saw herself as something much less than perfect – hair not fine enough, lips too full.
The arrangement is loose; the vibe is electric-buzzed psychedelic soul. It’s a message about race and pride.
Yes, the I’ll Take You There singer goes there.