ALBUM REVIEW: Aretha Franklin: Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

Regular readers will know that I am a MASSIVE fan of ‘music’ as a whole, and there are a few choice releases this autumn that I plan to review on.

My excitement, however, has been near ‘fever-pitch’ with the upcoming release of Aretha Franklin’s new record, “Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics” – concept wise, basically, it just sounds like Aretha got jealous of all the other talent and wanted to reclaim her title ha!

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Everyone else seems have been as excited as I was when it came to her version of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, which I thought she absolutely owned!

Typically much more seems to have been made of her very airbrushed-looking album cover than the contents of the recording, but once you hear Aretha’s voice, it’s hard not to get drawn in!

Age shouldn’t play a part in it, but at the magnificent age of 72 and still going strong! Wow. Most kids these days couldn’t sing with this kind of energy, playfulness, and sass.

  • At Last – I was sold from the first note!
  • Rolling In The Deep – Mentally crazy/stratospherically good!
  • Midnight Train to Georgia – A light version – doesn’t beat Gladys and her Pips I’m afraid, but very pleasant
  • I Will Survive – A bit strained and I didn’t enjoy this track as much as I’d hoped to.
  • People – Not a song I was aware of at first, still not a song I particularly enjoyed if honest.
  • No One – Not quite the haunting vocal of the original, but I defy you not to bop along.
  • I’m Every Woman / Respect – “PUMP UP THE GROOVE!” Chaka who?! Get ready to dance yourself dizzy!
  • Teach Me Tonight – Soulful and lovely.
  • You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Disco funk.
  • Nothing Compares 2 U – Completely switched up version – more Swing/Jazz than a ballad, perhaps the biggest disappointment on the album.

All in an album that I’d recommend, Rolling In The Deep is definitely the torch song, but there are some other gems on the album. It’s great that in this tragic age of the manufactured ‘diva’ – a real one, Aretha, can come back and seemingly effortlessly show the kids how it’s done. Hope that she does some TV spots to promote the release – I’d love to see her perform.


About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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