Shout, Sister, Shout!:
A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe
First Appeared at The Music Box, October 2003, Volume 10, #10
Written by John Metzger
Sister Rosetta Tharpe may have passed away in 1973, but her spirit will live on forever, residing within the music made by the countless blues, rock, and gospel artists that she influenced. She began recording in 1938 at the age of 23, and quickly became gospel musicís first star, drawing immense amounts of both praise and controversy for blurring the boundaries of the genre and melding it with blues, jazz, and swing. Shout, Sister, Shout! revisits 17 of Tharpeís songs as seen through the eyes of contemporary performers such as Michelle Shocked, Victoria Williams, and Joan Osborne. Like any tribute collection, the set has its share of ups and downs, though here the finer points do succeed in outweighing the bad. Highlights include Osborneís shimmy through Nobodyís Fault But Mine, Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raittís uplifting My Journey to the Sky, Janis Ianís haunted This Train, Sweet Honey in the Rockís magical a cappella on Precious Memories, and Marcia Ballís breezy I Want a Tall Skinny Papa. The rest isnít bad either as it, at least, sheds a little light on an oft-forgotten legend.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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