Aretha Franklin is returning to the industry with her Clive Davis-helmed covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. After her rendition of Adele's massive hit single, "Rolling In The Deep", the Queen of Soul has now dropped her own version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".
The track serves as a decent cover of the disco anthem, with Aretha managing to give it a different, more soulful vibe. Even though it's good for what it is, a listen will convince you that it's not quite as mind-blowing as it could have ended up being. There's one more twist to it though, as this version of the song is called "The Aretha Version". During the finale, a major bass-drop takes place and the legendary songstress gets to sing a bit of Destiny's Child well-known "Survivor".
The idea of the mash-up is pure brilliance. Aretha Franklin does deliver a stellar vocal indeed and takes us to church with it, while her attitude is perfectly on point as well. However, her rendition of "I Will Survive" could have ended up being outstanding and it pretty much didn't. With no offense intended, it's possible that she should have stuck to Gaynor's singing style for this one, while she could also do without the vocal editing.
Anyway, give the song a listen and judge for yourself.