Although rumors has been
circling that she will retire from touring after this the end
of the year, the queen of soul Aretha
Franklin shows no sign of retiring from making records
and has a new single making the rounds and forthcoming album due
out on the record shelves as well.
The song, called 'The
Only Thing Missin',' has been released early as a teaser
from her upcoming album, 'So Damn Happy'
out next month on Arista Records but the single is very well suited
for her, with a balance of mid-tempo drumlines and soft tone symths
and the most important element, her voice. She hasn't missed a
beat in her some 40 year career as she sounds as good today as
she did 20 years ago.
The song is also being performed
during Aretha's current (and rumored last) tour named The
Queen Is On tour, which has been billed as the last
extensive tour of her career which has spanned over 40 years.
The song is getting early airplay on stations such as WDLT Mobile,
Ala., and WHUR Washington, D.C.
Franklin says the track is
"one of the hottest songs" on her new album. "It's
the kind of song that a singer waits for," she adds. The
yet-to-be-titled upcoming set will be Franklin's first since 1998's
'A Rose Is Still a Rose'.
At least one track is produced
and written by Burt Bacharach,
while Jimmy Jam & Terry
Lewis, Gordon Chambers,
Barry Eastman, Troy
Taylor and Ron Lawrence
will also contribute their production talents
The album is due in stores
September 16th and is one to look out for. A TY-D
Listen to Aretha
only thing missing'