• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2014
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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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 22, 2014
    70
    The best tracks on Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics actually come in the form of mashups.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    70
    [Sings the Great Diva Classics] serves the point of this delightful covers set: to show Aretha can still step into the pop world at whim with total authority.
  5. 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.”
  6. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    One that makes us hope the Queen takes a stab at even bolder covers in the future.
  7. 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]
  8. Oct 23, 2014
    40
    She oversings to compensate, as if by keeping notes moving we won’t notice weaknesses, and there are moments of synthetic fluctuation that suggest recourse to autotune techniques routinely used to polish performances of lesser contemporary pop singers. The material does her no favours.
  9. 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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