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+
YOU ETTA WORK James may be hanging up her microphone, but she goes down swinging... and snarling
Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Etta James; Music Label: Verve Forecast
Posted November 9 2011 — 12:00 AM EST
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