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Carry Me Home

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm

Carry Me Home

Collaboration between the legendary R&B and gospel singer and the former member of The Band was recorded at his Woodstock studios during the summer of 2011 shortly before his death

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  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    On poignant yet defiant recordings made in 2011 shortly before Helm’s death, Staples’ commanding vocals give enormous vibrancy to blues, folk and soul standards
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    American roots music legends Mavis Staples and Levon Helm teamed up in 2011 for a fabulous collaboration, which we can now thankfully hear on Carry Me Home
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  3. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    A stunning document sourced from archival environs, it accomplishes all its title implies, bringing past to the present with depth and determination
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Mavis Staples and Levon Helm were two artists who were also friends and admirers, and they knew how to bring out the best in one another. That's exactly what they do on Carry Me Home, and it's a thing of beauty to witness
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Timeless and joyful. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    That Helm had less than a year to live obviously lends his performance poignancy, but as epitaphs go, Carry Me Home isn’t really one suffused with what-might-have-been melancholy: it’s too exuberant, too vibrant for that. It sounds more like a man going out in a blaze of glory. Print edition only

  7. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Captured live a year before Helm’s death, this reunion of old friends and kindred icons is a testament to perseverance, faith, and mighty backing bands
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  8. 7.4 |   Spectrum Culture

    Combining their backing bands into Helm’s studio with just enough room for a small audience to look on, Staples belts her way through a dozen tunes tinged with gospel, old style R&B, blues and early rock ‘n’ roll –all the things Helm made a living keeping time for since the ‘50
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