This Acadia Records release combines Pop Staples
' two solo albums, 1992's Peace to the Neighborhood
and 1994's Father Father
, on one disc. Both albums were recorded when Staples
was well into his seventies, so his voice wasn't quite what it used to be, having been reduced to a Curtis Mayfield
-like quaver, but that isn't really a drawback since it gives these tracks an immediate and delicate intimacy. Coupled with his patented reverb-laced guitar playing, Staples
wonderfully blurs the line between what is secular and what is sacred on cuts like "World in Motion," "Hope in a Hopeless World," and the stunningly atmospheric "Down in Mississippi," further perfecting the gospel, blues and R&B hybrid he had been delivering all of his career, giving it that trademark Pop Staples
swampy funk feel. Placing these two albums together is a no-brainer, since both work with the same elements, combing Saturday night rhythms with Sunday morning sentiments until the line between them is all but erased.