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So Damn Happy [Aretha Franklin] [886974938927]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 749389

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Aretha Franklin (vocals); Mary J. Blige (background vocals).
    Producers include: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Barry Eastmond, Gordon Chambers.
    SO DAMN HAPPY was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Wonderful" won for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
    Aretha Franklin released only two new albums in the 1990s, but 2003 saw a flurry of activity, with Franklin putting out both the gospel album ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM and this secular R&B disc. Her voice sounds as vibrant as ever, and most of the songs have a joyful feel that's no doubt influenced by the depth of Franklin's faith. The soft-grooving "Wonderful" and the slow-burning soul of the title track bespeak an inner jubilance, but this album isn't emotionally monochromatic. She gracefully plumbs the depths of disillusionment on the Burt Bacharach-produced/penned slow-jam "Falling Out of Love" and the remonstrative "Ain't No Way," where she even references her legendary hit "Respect." Still, it's no accident that things close on a decidedly spiritual note with the celebratory "Good News" and a reprisal of "You Are my Joy," a wedding song that--like Aretha herself--seems to have a direct link to the divine.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (11/03, p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...This is a competent set of drivetime love songs..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, pp.124-5) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The songs are full of good cheer...all delivered with a sure touch....Lyrically, it feels like her most personal record in ages..."
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