‘Jump to It’ Finds Aretha Franklin at the Peak of Her Powers

ImageListen to the scat-spiced title track that opens Aretha Franklin’s Jump to It and you’ll know why they call her the Queen of Soul. Listen to the entire album—whose highlights include the mesmerizing “This Is for Real” and a sexy duet with the Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs—and you’ll know that she’s finally back at the peak of her powers. A tip of the hat to Luther Vandross (he also sings backup and cowrote four tracks), who has managed to give this record plenty of polish without sacrificing the performances’ spontaneity.

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