We Get By
Mavis Staples is no stranger to collaborations—throughout the years, Ry Cooder, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan, and even Prince have all lent their talents to the influential singer. On her 12th solo album, We Get By, she teams up with the eclectic American singer-songwriter Ben Harper for a passionate, gospel-heavy set that is grounded with a soulful foundation. “We get by on love and faith,” Staples declares on the title track, addressing the communal bond that connects us to one another with positivity and compassion. The dimly lit, bluesy “Never Needed Anyone” and “Heavy on My Mind” are sparse but weighty, as Staples looks back at loss and past regrets with levelheadedness and sincerity. Harper’s lean, finely textured production allows her commanding voice to adapt to any mood—she lifts herself back up on the rapturous protest of “Brothers and Sisters,” reminding us that it’s never too late to have hope.