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CD reviews for Al Green

"Lay It Down"

Margaret Hair

Last week, Al Green did a radio interview with NPR’s Michele Norris. They talked about Green’s new album, his journey from being the most soulful man in music to being a gospel pioneer (a soulful one), and his choice of new blood for production on “Lay It Down.”

Mostly, though, Green talked about how happy he was, and is, with his life and the music that’s shaped it. Al Green loves everything and everyone. He loves you, and that’s why you love his music. On “Lay It Down,” Green soars through classic R&B choruses and cutting horns lines, with the help of Anthony Hamilton, John Legend and The Roots’ Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Good soul music requires honesty and genuine feeling. Green always has been honest with us, and his work on “Lay It Down” keeps with that.

The laid-back soul on tracks such as “Just For Me” and “No One Like You” isn’t quite the vehicle for heartbreaking joy that “Let’s Stay Together” or “Back Up Train” were, but Green, at 62, is just as smooth as ever.

Rating: ”’1/2