"Mavis Staples has a voice from the angels, when the subject of all time great arise in R&B we normally think of Aretha and Patty (rightfully so) but what makes Mavis so different is the deep gritty soulfulness in her voice. She combines the earthliness of Aretha but with that bluesy, hard times, living in the inner city type of funk. She is in my opinion the best female singer ever. Mariah and Whitney may have sold more, Aretha is universally ranked as the best, but vocally, I dare to say that mavis has all of them beat. I say this with the utmost respect for Aretha and Patty but Mavis is Raw! She has that old store front gospel sound in her voice, baby ain't no joke. Wake up everybody and listen to the sista."
W. Day | 04/06/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"No disrespect to Luther or Dionne but I have always thought Mavis Staples version of A house is not a home is the BEST and then Luther. There aren't any singers out there today who can touch Mavis voice. When they are throwing out accolades of diva (many of whom don't deserve it) Mavis should be included. If you want to know what real music sounds like get this cd you won't be diappointed."
Mavis OWNS House Is Not A Home
White Chocolate | San Antonio, TX | 12/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"until I played this for my friends they all thought nothing touched the original. Now they agree, MAVIS OWNS IT! What an amazing talent!"
Everything and more
M. Albon | Bedfordshire, England | 11/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard Mavis Staples' album 'Only for the Lonely' about a year before I purchased it. It was a bonus in that not only does the CD contain all the originals from the first album but it has about six from another earlier album, all of which add up to a fabulous easy listening album. Mavis' voice is, I feel, unique and she does every track with feeling."