By People Staff
June 23, 1997 12:00 PM

Etta James

Forty-three years after making her recording debut, James still sounds as if she’s living, eating, breathing and dying every syllable she sings. Which is to say she remains a truly great soul singer. On Love’s Been Rough on Me, James digs deep into a bag of southern soul tunes filled with heartache and regret, including a pleading, desperate run through Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long.” A weary but determined strength somehow shines through all the words of sadness, leaving no doubt that however rough love or life might be, James is sure to survive with a song on her lips. And that you’ll want to hear it. (Private Music)