The Dreamer (2011) 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… 2011-11-08 Etta James R&B Verve Forecast
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The Dreamer (2011)

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
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 08, 2011; Lead Performance: Etta James; Genre: R&B; Production: 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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Originally posted Nov 09, 2011 Published in issue #1181 Nov 18, 2011 Order article reprints