You know, I think if you were there, absorbing the godlike diva stage presence, that even at the end of her career, her artistry would trump the vocal decline , but we have a paucity of video record. My complaint is that even at her vocal peak, I am not always in the mood to enjoy her unique sound. The top was massive and thrilling, but never overly beautiful, although it might have sounded different in a house. But of course, all of this is subjective.