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Spirit In The Dark by Aretha Franklin
Released: Aug 1970
Label: Rhino Atlantic
"Rise, Sally, rise," sings Aretha on the title track as she subverts Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" double entendre. But the Queen of Soul is no uptight choir girl. On B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone," she cries, "Thank God almighty, I'm free at last," knowing that MLK meant something different than the end of a love affair. Dabbling in blues, gospel soul such as "Pullin'," and pop like the classic hit "Don't Play That Song," Aretha is her usual brilliant self. It's not a perfect album -- a few cuts like "One Way Ticket" aren't good enough to hold interest -- but it's a memorable one.
Mosi Reeves
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