Aretha Franklin
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Reviews // 7 Articles
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News // 6 Articles
//Features

Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band
24 Nov 2008 // 3:00 PM

A Sgt. Pepper's-inspired satire…a platter of pure soul sizzle…the second act of rock's Warhol-weaned avant-garde…the beautiful noise of two voices in unison…and a backup 'band' comes into their own. Five definitive LPs -- five statements of solid rock royalty.

Part 2: Janis Ian to Jimi Hendrix (1966-1970)
16 Jul 2007 // 5:00 PM

Music truly is the universal language. The best songs of protest are passed around, from movement-to-movement, era-to-era; its singers gaining multilingual fluency along the way.

//Reviews

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color
21 Apr 2015 // 8:06 PM

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

Aretha Franklin: Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980 - 1998
23 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM

Despite too many duets and a lack of variation, Aretha's voice still shines on her '80s hits.

//Blogs

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums
12 Feb 2014 // 8:14 PM

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.

Counterbalance No. 130: Aretha Franklin's 'Lady Soul'
24 May 2013 // 12:00 AM

You told me to leave you alone. My father said come on home. My doctor said take it easy. But the pull of the 130th most acclaimed album of all-time is much too strong. A 1968 soul classic is this week's Counterbalance.

//News

Aretha Franklin Still Getting a Ton of 'Respect' at Age 73
21 Apr 2015 // 8:17 AM

The title that might be the most important is the one that has stuck with her most of her career, and always will: Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin Takes Other Singers to School on Her New ‘Great Diva Classics’
27 Oct 2014 // 7:02 AM

As you listen to Aretha Franklin’s new album, it’s hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: “Step aside, ladies — here

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

// Short Ends and Leader

"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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