Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s “Almighty Fire” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 20, 2022

wait a second, this WASN’T released on CD or streaming?

Aretha Franklin’s “Sweet Passion” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2022

excavates her sweet passion with consistency and pop power

Aretha Franklin’s “Sparkle” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 16, 2021

reminds you why you are a soul fanatic in the first place

Aretha Franklin’s “You” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2021

prime Aretha at the age of 33

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