Gospel legend Mavis Staples follows her critically acclaimed 2007 Ry Cooder produced album, We’ll Never Turn Back, with another compelling effort produced by a rock star with roots credibility. With Wilco mastermind Jeff Tweedy deftly handling production duties, You Are Not Alone never strays from its “you can pull through” message, but it manages to do so without seeming preachy or trite. Staples’ voice has aged remarkably well, and the rasps and crackles come in all the right places, especially on the Tweedy-penned title track and the bluesy “Last Train.” Despite reaching her eighth decade, Staples is making music that is strikingly modern, but the defining concept of the album is timeless: unadulterated hope.