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Mavis Staples offers up a psychedelic soul vibe on One True Vine

The vibe on Mavis Staples’s One True Vine is psychedelic soul.<252><137>Undated handout photo of recording artist Mavis Staples. Credit: Chris Strong<252><137>

Chris Strong

Mavis Staples, from One True Vine (Anti-); streaming at

"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.

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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.

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