The second incarnation of my blog
Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.
At number 84 is Aretha Franklin, (who also appeared at number 85) with the longest album title on the list so far: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You.
This album preceded number 85 by just a single year and is regarded by many as her breakthrough album, though on release the reviews by Rolling Stone were non too complimentary.
The opening track, Respect is a classic recording with powerful vocals and band performance. The music continues, though in a more laid back style including the bluesy title track. There’s plenty to enjoy to enjoy here and I particularly liked the groove on Save Me.
Given that this is the second Aretha album in succession, I’m at risk of repeating myself so I will draw this to a close. It’s not quite as polished as the follow up album, but it’s still a fine piece of work and very listenable from start to finish. I would suggest that it’s more of a listening pleasure to hear this album (and the previous one) than any of the many greatest hits packages as you benefit from the sequencing and flow.
My rating: 7/10
Standout tracks: Respect, Save Me
Listen to the album via YouTube here.
See the Top 100 here.