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Christgau Consumer Guide

Al Green

by Robert Christgau on April 01, 1973


AL GREEN

“CALL ME”

Hi, 1973]


No other album documents Green’s genius for the daring nuance so thrillingly. “Stand Up” is the subtlest black identity song ever, “Jesus Is Waiting” is a profession of faith you can believe in, and “Here I Am” is an up-tempo vehicle that sneaks up from in front of you. The interpretations of country weepers by Hank Williams and Willie Nelson are definitive. The vocals are tougher than on the two “classic” Green LPs that preceded it. And the rhythms are irresistible. Al Jackson’s (and Henry Grimes’s) thick third-beat 4/4 kicks in with all kinds of extra surprises, and as always, it’s only a frame for a music that moves as one sinuous body, with Green dodging and weaving at the head. 

A+


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