March 28, 2005 12:00 PM

Everything’s OK

Hallelujah, Al Green is back to spread love and happiness with the exuberantly soulful Everything’s OK. Having gotten his R&B groove back with 2003’s I Can’t Stop after years of mostly gospel recordings, the Reverend Green, 58, continues his secular revival here. The disc harks back to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s vintage years in the early ’70s, with Green once again collaborating with Willie Mitchell, the producer who helped craft the Memphis soul sound that defined hits like “Let’s Stay Together,” “I’m Still in Love with You” and “Tired of Being Alone.” While it’s virtually impossible to top those classics, these succeed in recapturing the magic of a golden era with plenty of blaring horns, churchy organs and wah-wah guitar. For his part, Green attacks it all as if his very salvation depended on it, from the rousing title track to a cover of “You Are So Beautiful” that steals the song from Joe Cocker.


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