Sunday, April 04, 2004

"Freeway of Love," Aretha Franklin (8/3/85)
She never went away, but thanks to producer Narada Michael Walden catching lightning in a bottle, this marked one of the bigger comebacks of the decade (especially in the pop world, where she'd not hit the top 10 in 11 years). "Freeway" is a testament to the power of the voice - especially this voice, that of the Queen. In the hands of most anyone else recording at the time, it would've been, in all likelihood, a wholly average single. But hearing the joy Re pours into it changes everything. [Docked a bit, however, for its incredibly bland production.] B+

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