"R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me" - from Respect
My Opinions and Recommendations
Aretha is THE QUEEN of soul. There is no other. Make no mistake. I need to acquire more of her albums because she is phenomenal. I still have the dream of singing backup for her someday. That would be more amazing than any other music dream. I got to see her in concert a few years back and she does not disappoint. For some reason, I only have her blues album, Delta Meets Detroit. It is a great blues album and it can make you understood even in your deepest depression. I really like her version of You are My Sunshine as well as Night Life but trust me, you will want to hear all of Aretha!
Aretha is hard to compare to. A recent newcomer on the scene, Leela James has an interesting sound that may be just as inventive as Aretha was back in the day. Or, you could try an old standby in a different genre such as Janis Joplin. The sounds are completely different, but the impact was the same. Finally, listen to Destiny's Child. Destiny's Child manages to mix pop, R&B and soul in an interesting way and those girls can harmonize!
Buy Aretha's Music