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  • Summary: Co-produced by Clive Davis, Babyface, and Antonio Dixon, the singer known as the Queen of Soul returns with a covers album of songs from such artists as Adele, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Sinead O'Connor, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, with guest appearances fromCo-produced by Clive Davis, Babyface, and Antonio Dixon, the singer known as the Queen of Soul returns with a covers album of songs from such artists as Adele, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Sinead O'Connor, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, with guest appearances from Cissy Houston, and Tawatha Agee. Expand
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  1. The looseness of the takes, along with the breadth of genres they draw upon, lets Franklin work all of her tricks, from gospel shouts to Broadway belts to soul runs to a rock star belligerence.
  2. Oct 20, 2014
    80
    At age 72, Franklin can still shut down the competition with a breathtaking, gospel-trained grace and power.
  3. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    One that makes us hope the Queen takes a stab at even bolder covers in the future.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    The vocals sound spontaneous and unprocessed, not hiding the occasional strain; “People,” in a slow orchestral arrangement, strives but creaks. There’s only one complete mismatch of song and treatment: a snappy big-band version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
  5. Oct 22, 2014
    70
    The best tracks on Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics actually come in the form of mashups.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 29, 2014
    67
    The Queen of Soul delivers a rollicking take on Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," but covers of other lady icons--Chaka, Barbra, Etta--feel dated or ill conceived. [24 Oct 2014, p.63]
  7. Oct 20, 2014
    40
    The energy she put into these versions helps make up for the vocal shortcomings and audible use of Auto-Tune.

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