Everything's OK (album)

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Everything's OK
Studio album by Al Green
Released March 14, 2005 (UK)
March 15, 2005 (US)
Recorded June- September, 2004
Royal Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 48:56
Label Blue Note
Producer Willie Mitchell, Al Green
Al Green chronology
I Can't Stop
(2003)
Everything's OK
(2005)
Lay It Down
(2008)

Everything's OK is a 2005 album by American R&B singer Al Green (credited on the cover art and track credits of this album as "The Reverend Al Green"), produced by Willie Mitchell and Green, and released on the Blue Note label. The album peaked at #19 on the R&B chart and #50 on the pop chart, Green's first album to place in the pop top 50 since 1975.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Everything's OK was very positively received by critics, and has a favorable Metacritic rating of 76/100 based on 11 reviews.[5] Critics noted that in comparison with the previous I Can't Stop, Everything's OK contained fewer conscious nods towards Green's 1970s Hi Records heyday and had a more contemporary overall sound.[6] In a very enthusiastic review in Rolling Stone, David Wild wrote "I Can't Stop was impressive, but something was missing. Everything's OK is something else entirely. This time...the tunes (are) top-notch. Everything's OK is...one more righteous, red-hot reason to treasure this surviving genius of soul",[7] while Allmusic's Tim Sendra said "Consider I Can't Stop the rehab assignment in Triple A, while Everything's OK is the home run Green fans have been dreaming about.[6] Writing in The Guardian, Betty Clarke stated "This is classic Green. To Mitchell's lush 1970s sound, with its bluesy horns and sexy strings, Green adds his ageless falsetto and rumbling sensuality."[8] PopMatters' David Marchese noted "The groovier songs will put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip, but it's the ballads that'll make you hit the repeat button. This is an album of old pros doing what they do best, and the ballads give them the best setting to do it in."[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Everything's OK" (Al Green, Willie Mitchell) - 4:12
  2. "You Are So Beautiful" (Dennis Wilson, Billy Preston) - 3:34
  3. "Build Me Up" (Green, Mitchell) - 3:50
  4. "Perfect to Me" (Green, Mitchell) - 4:09
  5. "Nobody But You" (Green, Mitchell) - 3:30
  6. "Real Love" (Green) - 5:22
  7. "I Can Make Music" (Green, Steve Potts, Leroy Hodges, Lester Snell, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Bobby Manuel, Robert Clayborne) - 4:40
  8. "Be My Baby" (Green) - 3:16
  9. "Magic Road" (Green) - 3:43
  10. "I Wanna Hold You" (Green) - 3:40
  11. "Another Day" (Green) - 3:19
  12. "All the Time" (Green, Manuel) - 4:01

Personnel[edit]

Al Green - Vocals
Donna Rhodes, Sandra Rhodes, Charlie Chalmers - Background vocals
Lester Snell - Piano
Robert Clayborne - Organ
Charles "Skip" Pitts, Bobby Manuel - Guitar
Leroy Hodges - Bass
Steve Potts, Hector Diaz - Percussion
Scott Thompson - Trumpet
Bill Florez - Bass trombone
Jack Hale - Trombone
Andrew Love, Lannie McMillan - Tenor sax
Jim Spake - Baritone sax
Joan Gilbert, Daniel Gilbert, Gregory Morris, Liza Zurlinden - Violin
Anthony Gilbert, Beth Luscombe - Viola
Peter Spurbeck, Jonathan Kirkscey - Cello
Bobby Rush - Harmonica

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