Candi Staton

Candi/Music Speaks Louder Than Words

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Though she garnered considerable acclaim in the 1980s and '90s as a gospel star, Candi Staton's tenure in the early '70s as an R&B belter was arguably her finest period. Ambassador Soul Classics performs a valuable service, then, in collecting two albums from that period--1974's CANDI and 1977's MUSIC SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS--on one disc. Though neither album is as awe-inspiring as her work at Fame Studios a few years earlier, CANDI is a respectably soulful effort with plenty of easy listening and pop concessions (the strings are a dead giveaway), while MUSIC SPEAKS LOUDER finds Staton moving into a more straightforward groove-oriented, disco mode, with some sweetly affecting ballads thrown in for good measure.

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