The Dreamer - Etta James
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  • Summary: Coproduced with Josh Sklair and her sons, Danto and Sametto, The Dreamer is said to be Etta James' final album as she retires to take care of her health.
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Blues, Contemporary R&B, Modern Electric Blues, Retro-Soul, Soul-Blues, Contemporary Blues
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  1. The physical and even mental diminution enriches the music.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    As a swansong, it's as fine as might be expected given the circumstances.
  4. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    A supremely sassy swansong. [Jan 2012, p.90]
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    On The Dreamer, James includes some unlikely song choices, and most of them work.
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    60
    The Dreamer is occasionally powerful and moving as James ranges across memorable songs including Otis Redding's Champagne & Wine.

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