Monday, November 24 2008
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.
Monday, July 16 2007
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.
Thursday, February 23 2012
Despite too many duets and a lack of variation, Aretha's voice still shines on her '80s hits.
Thursday, March 24 2011
Was Aretha's talent wasted before she went to Atlantic Records? You decide.
Thursday, October 25 2007
Two-disc compilation offers up a wealth of demos, outtakes, alternate versions, and B-sides from Franklin's 1966-1974 Atlantic sessions.
Wednesday, August 16 2006
Live at Fillmore West puts the exclamation point in "Queen of Soul!"
Thursday, August 4 2005
Classic jazz, classic Aretha. Need anything more be said?"
Wednesday, February 12 2014
During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.
Friday, May 24 2013
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.
Friday, May 11 2012
If you want a do right, all day woman, look no further than the 81st Most Acclaimed Album of All-Time, a landmark 1967 soul serenade from Aretha Franklin.
Tuesday, March 24 2009
Indeed, a people who feel unloved are capable of anything. A people who feel loved are capable of everything.
Monday, November 5 2012
CHICAGO — The gospel-truth, if you believe most of the history books: Aretha Franklin didn’t really find her true voice until she began working with
Monday, June 25 2012
DETROIT — Aretha Franklin’s latest hometown performance, she says, comes as her “voice is doing absolutely fabulous — just better, clear, higher, stronger than ever.” Her
Tuesday, March 29 2011
You know the Aretha Franklin classics, the hits and the chestnuts, perhaps even the deeper album cuts from her soul years with Atlantic Records and
Tuesday, April 24 2007
Aretha Franklin plans to tell her life story twice -- first in a stage musical due out next year, followed by a film version. But