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Aretha Franklin... Why is she praised?

Why is this woman considered one of the greatest voices of the 20th Century? Even in her prime, she always hideously screeched everything, doesn't seem to understand the meaning of simply performing a melody (as opposed to deforming it with random screams and tasteless ornamentation), and has some of the dullest, ugliest and most uninspiring catalogue in the history of popular music. I must say, her godawful rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' and that monstrosity she perpetrated when she covered for Pavarotti during the Grammys are the stuff of nightmares... And this is the woman who claims to have extensive operatic training, and is thus capable of singing anything! Please! A wide range doesn't a good singer make, and her horrible voice isn't suited to anything conductive to genuine beauty, or that requires agility.


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