Album: Bobby McFerrin, Spirityouall, Sony Masterworks


If the prospect of McFerrin – who most people still only remember for his 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – warbling “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and a reggae version of “The Whole World in His Hands” fills you with horror, you just have to dig in.

There’s a personal context (Mac’s dad was a famous singer of spirituals), the band is great, the vibe folksy, and “I Shall Be Released” one of the best versions of that much-covered song ever.