Saturday, April 20, 2013

Candi Staton - Candi / Music Speaks Louder Than Words

 I was sorely tempted to split this two-fer apart and only use the first album but I resisted the temptation.

Candi is still fairly solid Southern Soul with only occasional nods to the funk and disco swirling around the music world in 1974. I'm not sure how much I would enjoy the material if weren't Candi Staton singing it but her wonderful emotional voice soars over these songs and triumphs. The album must not have done well though and Staton would change producers following this record.

Which brings us to the disco drek of Nights On Broadway and most of what follows on the unfortunate second album here 'Music Speaks Louder Than Words'. For my money the title track is the only thing in the first 8 songs even worth the time to listen. The song Main Thing has some potential in a party compilation. The one true saving grace moment happens when Candi returns to her old formula of taking a country nugget and singing the crap out of it; Before The Next Teardrop Falls is magnificent, a triumph!

5 comments:

KingCake said...

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GuitarGus said...

Thanks KC
As I said in my earlier CS post here = Her original distinctive voice once heard is not forgotten.
And I really like both albums enclosed here - The later 'disco' album can be a little over-the-top in places but it has some groovin' funky playing here - and a lesson or two in funk bass playing
Cheers

Jazzjet said...

Thanks for this two-fer. There's a whole topic around how soul artists approached disco. For what its worth, I think Candi's disco experience was a success.

Preslives said...

i am really happy that you didn't exclude Music Speaks Louder than Words, as I didn't have that one. I just listened to it, and side with GuitarGus. It is actually quite a nice album. Coming after the masterpieces she made at Fame, it is understandable that Southern Soul lovers were lukewarm about this release. But if you just forget about all that and take it for what it is, the album is quite enjoyable, and particularly for those aready who know the Fame recordings like the back of their hands and want something more. Now if her vocals were just a little higher in the mix...

fcapeau said...

Incandescent CANDI ! Each time, her voice gives me goose bumps ... Many thanks, KC.

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