Jewels in the Crown ...All Star Duets with the Queen
Released: Nov 2007
Mostly culled from LPs from the '80s and '90s, this duets comp is a mixed affair. The classic singles that broke, like "I Knew You Were Waiting" with George Michael, still have plenty of punch, but later efforts find Aretha's raspy soul holler bringing to mind an injured animal. Of the two newly recorded duets, the track with John Legend is outshined by the one with American Idol Fantasia ("Put You Up On Game"), on which Aretha wisely advises the young singer to "listen to the voice of experience." When Fantasia sets off the vocal fireworks at the end, it's clear she has.