Gospel review: Various: Como Now: The Voices of Panola County, Mississippi

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Gospel, in its whoah-ing, swaying incarnation, has become one of pop's cheapest tricks, routinely used to bulk out an anaemic chorus or soup up a gratuitous key change. Como Now comes from a different place entirely; recorded on a single afternoon in rural Mississippi, it features three generations of local singers performing devotional songs that would once have staved off misery in the cotton fields. The results are never easy on the ear; the performances are a cappella and the harmonies unvarnished, but they do possess a rawness and emotional urgency that give a real sense of the songs' redemptive power.

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