The opening track on Mavis Staples’ One True Vine, her second record with Jeff Tweedy, may sound familiar. The song is called “Holy Ghost”, and it’s a lonely monologue featuring her full, beautifully controlled vocals backed by a whispery acoustic guitar strum and a judiciously unobtrusive backing choir. Written by Alan Sparhawk, it appeared on Low’s recent full-length, The Invisible Way, which Tweedy also produced. It’s a curious bit of synergy, and the Wilco frontman might be guilty of shameless product-placement had Staples’ version not turned out so well. Essentially a cappella, it’s a fine showcase for the vocalist, even if it she obliterates all the ambiguity in the original: This is not about “some holy ghost,” but the Holy Ghost. [Source]

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