A pair of late 70s gems from Candi Staton – back to back on a single set! First up is Music Speaks Louder Than Words – an album that's often eclipsed by the Young Hearts hit before it, but which actually comes across stronger than that one! The groove is funky southern soul
on the best cuts – tight and full, but still with a harder edge on the bottom, and rhythms that are more funky soul
than the disco used on some of Candi's other late 70s albums. The set was recorded in California, with lots of sweet jazzy touches alongside the vocals – and titles include "Nights On Broadway", "Cotton Candi", "A Dreamer Of A Dream", "You Are", "Listen To The Music", "Music Speaks Louder Than Words", and "One More Chance On Love". House Of Love is a perfect pairing of Candi Staton and producer Dave Crawford – that key southern soul
talent who helped Candi and a few select others really step into the American soul
mainstream at the end of the 70s! Candi's still got all the deep roots in her vocals – including that incredible range that's continued to thrive in gospel in recent years – but Dave helps push things into a modern soul
style that works equally well on Northern
dancefloors as it would in the clubs down south. Arrangements are perfectly balanced – sophisticated and adult, but never too smooth or commercial – thanks mostly to Candi's wonderful handling of the lyrics. Titles include "Victim", "Yesterday Evening", "So Blue", "Honest I Do Love You", and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me". CD features bonus tracks "Listen To The Music (single version)", "Honest I Do Love You (ext rmx)", "Victim (single edit)", and "Honest I Do Love You (edit)".