Album: Candi Staton, Who's Hurting Now? (Honest Jons)
Friday 13 February 2009
Like her acclaimed 2006 comeback album His Hands, Candi Staton's latest was produced by Lambchop's Mark Nevers and follows much the same formula of smouldering Southern soul commentaries on the rocky terrain of relationships, tempered with nods to faith-based redemption.
Again, Bonnie "Prince" Billy has written a song for her, "Get Your Hands Dirty", expressing her need for "someone who'll clear trees for me" – typically assertive on an album where she refuses to play the victim. "I know you're leaving me, but I'm leaving you, too," she proclaims in "I Feel the Same", adding: "It's hard to believe all that nothing causes all that pain." In response to implicit queries about her solitude in "Lonely Don't", she offers the razor-sharp riposte, "Lonely may not hold me tight, but lonely don't stay out all night". Nevers wields the essential elements with aplomb: the bluesy electric piano, neat stitches of guitar, the brooding horns that cast shadows over songs such as "Breaking Down Slow" and "I Don't Know", and the swampy funk grooves underpinning "I Feel the Same" and "Who's Hurting Now?". But clear through it all comes Staton's impassioned delivery, her voice, like those of Irma Thomas and Tina Turner, developing extra layers of meaning with maturity.
Pick of the album:'I Don't Know', 'I Feel the Same', 'Who's Hurting Now?', 'Get Your Hands Dirty'
TVJamie's Sugar Rush reveal's campaigning chef's new foe
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 5 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
The Gamechangers trailer: Daniel Radcliffe stars in GTA movie
Star Wars: New action dolls launched on Force Friday ahead of The Force Awakens release
Joan Aiken: Today's Google Doodle celebrates life of British fantasy novelist
Photographer captures the beauty and intensity of his girlfriend giving birth at home
Everything extra JK Rowling has revealed about Harry Potter
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees