Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen (2007) Franklin could sing the assembly instructions for an IKEA desk and it'd sound good. In fact, that might be a superior listen to the older… 2007-11-13 Aretha Franklin R&B
Music Review

Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2007; Lead Performance: Aretha Franklin; Genre: R&B

Franklin could sing the assembly instructions for an IKEA desk and it'd sound good. In fact, that might be a superior listen to the older duets included on Jewels in the Crown, often cursed with '80s-era production (the ripping ''Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves'' with Eurythmics excepted). Move along, instead, to new offerings: ''Put You Up on Game'' finds Fantasia not disgracing herself, while John Legend gets a nifty case of the James Browns on ''What Y'All Came to Do.''
DOWNLOAD THIS: ''Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves''

Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints