Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s “With Everything I Feel in Me” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2021

build it into a box set and release it to streaming services

Rolling Stone’s Latest Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List – Bye Bye, Boomer, Bye Bye

By Steve Crawford | September 16, 2021

how little this list has in common with the prior ones

Aretha Franklin’s “Let Me Be In Your Life” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 5, 2021

disposable but still indispensable soul god serendipity

“The Best of Aretha Franklin” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 21, 2021

put The Best Of right next to Amazing Grace and Sparkle

Aretha Franklin’s “Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 14, 2021

maybe three times it all comes together

Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 11, 2021

Through the lens of Christianity, Aretha could let loose

Aretha Franklin’s “Young, Gifted And Black” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2021

she is at the pinnacle of her pop moment

Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha Live at Fillmore West” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2020

Aretha is nothing if not a business woman

The Musical Tastes Of Our Ex-Presidents

By Alyson Camus | November 10, 2020

‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’

What Does Vice-President Kamala Harris Listen To?

By Alyson Camus | November 9, 2020

tunes she’s listening to while traveling around the country

What Kind Of Music Does Joe Biden Listen To?

By Alyson Camus | November 3, 2020

This is the list of a peaceful man who has faith in humanity

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through October 31st, 2020

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2020

she can swing like Count Basie swings…

Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha’s Greatest Hits” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 28, 2020

no let up in quality

The Gigantic List Published By Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

By Alyson Camus | September 23, 2020

Was this list really worth the effort?

Aretha Franklin’s “Spirit In The Dark” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2020

a self-confidence that is overwhelming because it isn’t arrogance, it is skill on every single level of her gift

Aretha Franklin’s “This Girl’s In Love With You” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2020

It’s those three songs that sink her

Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha’s Gold” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2020

start here

The Greatest Albums Of All Time Right This Minute Female Division

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2020

for what it’s worth the first two are undeniable….

Aretha Franklin’s Soul ’69

By Iman Lababedi | March 15, 2020

jazz isn’t gospel

Aretha Franklin’s Aretha In Paris (Live) Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2020

the submissive and the soul royalty

Music Deaths 2018 Alphabetized and Graded

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2020

from opposite ends of the lifespan

The Best 75 Concerts Of The Decade: 2010 – 2019 In Order Of Preference

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2020

Best Concerts Of The Decade

Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha Now” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2019

From Womack to Isaac Hayes, the cream of American Black artistry is here

Aretha Franklin’s “Lady Soul” Review

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2019

transform everything it touches, including the listener

Aretha Franklin’s “Take A Look” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2019

Don’t try and litigate the case again

Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha Arrives” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2019

why in an attempt to replicate a masterpiece did she not show more quality control on the material?

Aretha Franklin’s “I’ve Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 22, 2019

the Southern baptist religious roar put across pop songs like a layer of faith over pain

Aretha Franklin’s “Take It Like You Give It” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2019

Columbia didn’t trust their star so they tried to salt the mine with songs that were so unsuitable

Aretha Franklin’s “Soul Sister” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 26, 2019

And still Columbia don’t have the slightest idea what to do with the greatest singer of her generation

Aretha Franklin’s “Songs Of Faith” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 16, 2019

returns the young Aretha to a world of the Church that the world of the Church stole from her

The 1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1980s – 600 to 591

By Steve Crawford | May 11, 2019

as soon as he thinks he’s got me, the fish jumps off the hook

Aretha Franklin’s “Yeah!!!” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 17, 2019

Years into Aretha’s career and they still don’t know what to do with her.

Aretha Franklin’s “Runnin’ Out Of Fools” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 21, 2019

skilful, soulful sweetness, without the anxiety and womanliness that was yet to come

Aretha Franklin’s “Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2019

It isn’t just important history, it is thrilling music

Aretha Franklin’s “Laughing On The Outside” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2019

Aretha was not the crying on the inside type

Aretha Franklin’s “The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2018

The template for soul wasn’t in place

“The Electrifying Aretha Franklin” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2018

it sounds like more than what it is

“Aretha Franklin with the Ray Bryant Combo” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2018

Hammond could hear it without being able to tap into it and let us hear it

Aretha Franklin Next

By Iman Lababedi | September 13, 2018

On the first song, on her first album it has been worth it.

The 25 Greatest #1 Singles of the 1960s

By Steve Crawford | August 25, 2018

an end to the exhaustion and sacrifice of a raw deal

Tribute: Aretha Franklin In 2009

By admin | August 16, 2018

Shine against your will, indeed.

Tribute: Aretha Franklin Sparkles Returned

By Iman Lababedi | August 16, 2018

She doesn’t just sing soul, she gives a part of her soul

Jam Today: Thursday, August 16th, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | August 16, 2018

the woman performed the single best concert I have ever seen

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 160 to 151

By Steve Crawford | July 18, 2018

a woman concerned about her lover in Vietnam

Clive Davis “The Soundtrack Of Our Lives” Premiere AT Radio City Music Hall, Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 20, 2017

He is at his best where he should be: releasing music that sells.

Oldies But Goldies: Aretha Franklin Sparkles

By Iman Lababedi | June 17, 2016

She doesn’t just sing soul, she gives a part of her soul

Oldies But Goldies: Aretha Franklin In 2009

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2016

Shine against your will, indeed.

Oldies But Goldies: Aretha Franklin Channeling Curtis Mayfield At Radio City In 2009

By Iman Lababedi | August 26, 2015

This was the first of three times I reviewed Aretha Franklin live for rock nyc. The very next time would prove to be the best show I’ve seen in the 21st century and this one? Pretty good, actually pretty good. maybe Curtis Mayfield was hovering nearby

10 Songs: Friday, July 10th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | July 10, 2015

Young, Gifted And Black – Aretha Franklin – A Gospel swing through an adage and a description from back in the 1960s, trust me folks: it’s where it’s at – A

10 Songs: Saturday, October 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | October 11, 2014

I never much cared for this song till now, this stomping searing Aretha vocal puts makes everybody else, including Adele, amateurs in the also ran department. Back with Clive, it is so great all I wish is the entire album was Adele covers, what a voice, how she sings the breaks, how she nails feelings we didn’t know were there. Davis overdoes the arrangement – A