*For every longstanding fan that has been waiting for The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to turn back the hands of time and deliver an album of goose bump-raising performances, this is the answer to every little prayer you’ve said.
Talk about inspired.
Sister Franklin has been clandestinely finessing this 12-song labor of love for many years, producing much of it herself and giving every component two bosoms worth of tender loving care.
The lady gives you just about everything you could ever possibly want to hear from her at this stage of her career – sassy jazz, eyebrow raising blues, dreamy pop, pews-lifting gospel and more.
It’s like a first class tray pass of samples from her glorious past – a little Amazing Grace, a lil’ Sparkle, a lil’ Let Me In Your Life, a lil’ Jump To It, a lil’ Laughing on the Outside and a lil’ Live at Fillmore West – except all of the performances are new.
The one shining constant is that Aretha is singing every song (except one) with a consistency of fervor and connection that leaves even the listener breathless. Just when one song ends on such a thrilling finale that you KNOW must be the end, here comes another to whisk you on a further thrill ride.
Read the rest of this article/review by A Scott Galloway at the Urban Music Scene.