Monday, September 29, 2014

Aretha Franklin covers Adele's “Rolling In The Deep”

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You can make a pretty strong case that Aretha Franklin is the strongest female pop singer — or, hell, the strongest pop singer of any gender — of all time. And on her new album Aretha Franklin Takes On The Great Diva Classics, she takes on some of the best-known songs of peers and competitors like Etta James, Gladys Knight, and Barbra Streisand, as well as those of descendants like Alicia Keys and Sinéad O’Connor. (There is an Aretha Franklin version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” out there somewhere, and I cannot wait to hear it.) Franklin worked on the album with André 3000 and Babyface, and the first single is a volcanic version of Adele’s world-conquering “Rolling In The Deep.” Aretha sings the living hell out of it, the arrangement mostly keeps the tension of the original, and a bit of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” comes in at the end. It’s good stuff. Listen to it and check out the album’s tracklist below.

01 “At Last” (Etta James Cover)
02 “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)
03 “Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight And The Pips Cover)
04 “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor Cover)
05 “People” (Barbra Streisand Cover)
06 “No One” (Alicia Keys Cover)
07 “I’m Every Woman” (Chaka Khan Cover) / “Respect”
08 “Teach Me Tonight” (Dinah Washington Cover)
09 “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes Cover)
10 “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor Cover)

Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics is out 10/21 on RCA. Pre-order it here.

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