Aretha Franklin – A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998)

Aretha Franklin - A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998)
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: A Rose Is Still a Rose
Genre: R&B, Soul, Urban, Deep Soul
Label: Arista
Released: 1998
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Rose Is Still a Rose
Never Leave You Again
In Case You Forgot
Here We Go Again
Every Little Bit Hurts
In the Morning
I’ll Dip
How Many Times
Watch My Back
Love Pang


For some reason I never found Aretha Franklin’s original studio albums in second-hand bins, and for years the only album I owned from her was a double disc retrospective. The second disc dabbles in her 1980s work, with star power duets with Elton John and Annie Lennox that sound dated next to her timeless hits from the 1960s and 1970s, and the compilation inevitably returns to the mother-lode of her early work.

But tucked away on the second disc is an improbably strong late period highlight. Written by Lauryn Hill, at the peak of her powers in 1998, ‘A Rose is Still a Rose’ sees Franklin taking the role of the older, wiser woman giving advice to one younger and inexperienced. Maybe its production ties it to its era, but ‘A Rose is Still a Rose’ is hooky and memorable in a way that Franklin hadn’t been since the early 1970s.

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