September 07, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

An artsy Americana-?inclined dude helps reclaim the hipster cred of a decades-older soul singer: It worked with Joe Henry and Bettye LaVette, and the template generates stellar results again with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy producing 71-year-old gospel great Mavis Staples. You Are Not Alone is mostly invigorating gospel, though he somehow got her to apply that mighty rasp to the saddest song ever, Randy Newman’s ”Losing You.” A?

Download These:
Allen Toussaint’s rollicking Last Train at amazon.com
The warm Tweedy-penned title track You Are Not Alone at amazon.com

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