The Dreamer - Etta James
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    The Dreamer is a fitting--if not perfect--bookend to one of American popular music's most iconic lives.
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    A supremely sassy swansong. [Jan 2012, p.90]
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    60
    James' final studio album is a sturdy effort that belies the catalog of increasingly serious health issues that have dogged her. [Feb 2012, p.102]
  4. 83
    Snarling through covers as far-flung as "Welcome to the Jungle" and Little Big Town's "Boondocks," James brings some welcome grit to the retirement-album game.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    The production might be slick, but James relaxes into this framework, providing the necessary lived-in looseness.
  6. 75
    We get a career-twilight portrait of James and her darker-than-ever voice in a set of moody, bluesy and slow-jam groove numbers.
  7. 80
    As a swansong, it's as fine as might be expected given the circumstances.
  8. James's voice is slightly diminished but not so as to sound like anything other than itself. She's the real deal.
  9. 70
    On The Dreamer, James includes some unlikely song choices, and most of them work.
  10. Nov 11, 2011
    60
    The Dreamer is occasionally powerful and moving as James ranges across memorable songs including Otis Redding's Champagne & Wine.
  11. The physical and even mental diminution enriches the music.

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