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The Dreamer

The Dreamer James claims that this will be her final studio album due to mounting health problems. But unlike the Alzheimer's-stricken Glen Campbell, who said the...The DreamerR&B James claims that this will be her final studio album due to mounting health problems. But unlike the Alzheimer's-stricken Glen Campbell, who said the...2011-11-09
YOU ETTA WORK James may be hanging up her microphone, but she goes down swinging... and snarling

YOU ETTA WORK James may be hanging up her microphone, but she goes down swinging... and snarling

B+

The Dreamer

Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Etta James; Status: In Season; Music Label: Verve Forecast

James claims that this will be her final studio album due to mounting health problems. But unlike the Alzheimer’s-stricken Glen Campbell, who said the same of his recent Ghost on the Canvas, the 73-year-old R&B legend — a favorite of Adele’s — doesn’t sound grateful for the ride she’s had on The Dreamer; she’s irked over bowing out early. Snarling through covers as far-flung as ”Welcome to the Jungle” and Little Big Town’s ”Boondocks,” James brings some welcome grit to the retirement-album game. B+

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