Klinger: OK, so here we are with another slab of impossibly sweet 1960s R&B from the Queen of Soul, and I am at somewhat of a loss to talk about it. Much like our previous foray into Aretha Franklin’s work, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul is so consistently good and so completely worthy that it’s hard to even think about covering it. It’s like when Michael Jordan won an MVP award or when Meryl Streep gets nominated for an Oscar—it just seems like a given.
Sure, it’s no surprise that the mathematical wizard behind the Great List has given us another Aretha Franklin album to grapple with. Lady Soul is brilliant. Aretha Franklin is great. Pretty much what we talk about when we talk about soul music. “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”? Iconic! Is there much more to say? I suppose there has to be. So take it away, Mendelsohn.