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Listen to Aretha Franklin’s Powerful Cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’

Some listeners suspect that the legendary singer is being Auto-Tuned

On her upcoming album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, the iconic songstress takes on 10 tracks originally written and performed by fellow female powerhouse vocalists. This week, Aretha shared the first single off the album. It’s a big, fiery, loud cover of a big, fiery, loud song: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” (The song also manages to incorporate pieces of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”)

This is pretty exciting, yes, but some listeners have raised concerns about a possible use of Auto-Tune in this track. Auto-Tune, of course, is a device used to alter or enhance a singer’s pitch, and it’s understandable why people would be concerned about this, as Aretha Franklin is widely considered one of the greatest singers of all time. Many commenters were quick to point out that even if the track doesn’t include Auto-Tune itself, Aretha’s voice still sounds like it was enhanced in some way.

Either way, she’s still the Queen of Soul, and she still sings her heart out.

The album is out Oct 21, and we’ve heard that it includes a cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” so get excited.

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