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...[T]he concert could have ended right there but Maria went on for another hour.
"Midnight at the Oasis" was as sexy and sassy as ever, as is the wonderful and beautiful Ms.
It's hard to imagine Muldaur singing..."Midnight at the Oasis" at this point, [because] Steady Love reflects a richness of something much better a lifetime of experience and character.
STEADY LOVE is an expressive album of emotionally charged blues material delivered by a vocal powerhouse whose phrasing was always impeccable (and still is), but whose instrument has only improved with time I'll Be Glad, an irrepressible N'Awleans boogie woogie where her invigorating old blues mama busts out, finds a home, and puts up stakes for the betterment of us all. " continues the thrilling, roller coaster funky romp.
The gospel thread throughout is particularly strong, with a mid-set cluster of three spiritual numbers....
There are echoes here of the way Ray Charles turned gospel into secular gold, and Muldaur shows that spirituality can still rock out the sacred and the profane aren't all that far apart, and spirituality can still temper earthly desire without corrupting the former or diluting the latter.
There's not a single weak outing in Muldaur's now-extensive discography, but this just might be one of her best. Muldaur will probably forever be best known for her 1974 hit single, Midnight at the Oasis," but her voice has taken on a honeyed raspiness now nearly four decades later that's well-suited for Steady Love's selection of electric blues numbers.
Steady Love is the kind of disc that will appeal not just to blues fans, but to music fans in general. Muldaur has one foot in church and another in a Saturday night juke joint as she belts out hand-clapping church rousers, soul ballads and greasy swamp stompers.
Over the years her voice has only gotten better, with her pipes now displaying a lusty, full-bodied resonance.