A Rose Is Still a Rose

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For much of the '90s, Aretha Franklin acted as if she couldn't even care about appealing to a younger audience. She rarely recorded, and when she did, it was usually slick adult contemporary material. That's what makes the fresh A Rose Is Still a Rose such a surprise. Although it certainly has its share of predictably glossy ballads fit for adult radio usually produced by Narada Michael Walden or Michael Powell, the most notable element of the album is that Franklin collaborates with fresh talent, all of whom are either prominent rap figures or at least fluent in hip-hop. That's not to say that A Rose Is Still a Rose is a rap album -- it simply illustrates that ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For much of the '90s, Aretha Franklin acted as if she couldn't even care about appealing to a younger audience. She rarely recorded, and when she did, it was usually slick adult contemporary material. That's what makes the fresh A Rose Is Still a Rose such a surprise. Although it certainly has its share of predictably glossy ballads fit for adult radio usually produced by Narada Michael Walden or Michael Powell, the most notable element of the album is that Franklin collaborates with fresh talent, all of whom are either prominent rap figures or at least fluent in hip-hop. That's not to say that A Rose Is Still a Rose is a rap album -- it simply illustrates that the album sounds contemporary, which is the last thing most observers would have expected from Franklin in 1997. That in itself is heartening, but that doesn't necessarily mean everything works. Lauryn Hill's "A Rose Is Still a Rose" is a perfect match, lyrically and musically, but it only shows how shallow Puff Daddy's writing really is on "Never Leave You Again." Still, Dallas Austin's "I'll Dip," Jermaine Dupri's "Here We Go Again" and "Every Lil' Bit Hurts," and Daryl Simmons' "In the Morning" and "In Case You Forgot" all work, and Franklin's original "The Woman" is arguably her most soulful performance in years. These make the awkward moments forgivable because they find Franklin sounding vital, which is something that has not happened throughout the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1998
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221898720
  • Catalog Number: 18987

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Rose Is Still a Rose (4:27)
  2. 2 Never Leave You Again (4:36)
  3. 3 In Case You Forgot (4:49)
  4. 4 Here We Go Again (3:30)
  5. 5 Every Little Bit Hurts (4:07)
  6. 6 In the Morning (4:56)
  7. 7 I'll Dip (4:06)
  8. 8 How Many Times (4:21)
  9. 9 Watch My Back (4:45)
  10. 10 Love Pang (4:20)
  11. 11 The Woman (7:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Nikita Germaine Background Vocals
Louis Biancaniello Bass, Keyboards
Vernon "Ice" Black Guitar
Trina Broussard Background Vocals
Vernon D. Fails Keyboards
Ronnie Garrett Bass
Sandy Griffith Background Vocals
Eric Hicks Keyboards
Skyler Jett Background Vocals
Debra Killings Vocals
Michael J. Powell Percussion, Drums
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Esther Ridgeway Background Vocals
Gloria Ridgeway Background Vocals
Gracie Ridgeway Background Vocals
Fred Ross Background Vocals
Daryl Simmons Keyboards
Annie Stocking Background Vocals
Vance Taylor Piano
Al Turner Bass
Isaac Vere Bass Guitar
Colin Wolfe Bass
Ron Otis Drums
James Fischer Keyboards
Kelly Price Background Vocals
Lauryn Hill Background Vocals
Tina Gibson Background Vocals
Darryl Houston Piano
Johari Newton Guitar
James Poiser Piano
Indigo Quartet Strings
Darcy Aldridge Background Vocals
Tann Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Aretha Franklin Producer
Dallas Austin Arranger, Producer
Louis Biancaniello Programming, drum programming
Leslie Brathwaite Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Akua Dixon String Arrangements
Jermaine Dupri Producer
Eric Hicks Programming
Thom "TK" Kidd Engineer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Michael J. Powell Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Warren Riker Engineer
Matt Rohr Engineer
Manuel Seal Jr. Producer
Daryl Simmons Composer, Producer, drum programming
Gerard Smerek Engineer
Phil Tan Engineer
David Frazer Engineer
Commissioner Gordon Engineer
Stevie J. Programming
James Fischer Programming
Corey Rooney Producer
Lauryn Hill Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sheri G. Lee Art Direction
Dent Programming
Artis Lane Illustrations
Vada Nobles Programming
Steve Allen Engineer
N. West Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE QUEEN OF SOUL

    I THINK THAT THIS A WONDERFUL ALBUM. THIS IS ARETHA AT HER BEST.HER VOICE IS IN TOP SHAPE. THE ALBUM IS A LITTLE MORE HIP HOP THEN HER OTHERS.THIS IS A MUST GET CD.

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