A Rose Is Still a Rose We've heard it before: Hit-deprived living legend unites with up-to-the-second hip producer. A Rose Is Still a Rose (Arista) , however, has an unusual bloom.… A Rose Is Still a Rose We've heard it before: Hit-deprived living legend unites with up-to-the-second hip producer. A Rose Is Still a Rose (Arista) , however, has an unusual bloom.… Aretha Franklin R&B
Music Review

A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Aretha Franklin; Genre: R&B

We've heard it before: Hit-deprived living legend unites with up-to-the-second hip producer. A Rose Is Still a Rose (Arista), however, has an unusual bloom. On tunes like ''Every Lil' Bit Hurts'' and ''Never Leave You Again,'' coproducers Sean ''Puffy'' Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Lauryn Hill, and others help Franklin recapture a gutsy urgency long missing from her records, earning her r-e-s-p-e-c-t once more. B+

Originally posted Mar 13, 1998 Published in issue #422 Mar 13, 1998 Order article reprints