Love Is The Answer - Barbra Streisand
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  • Summary: The singer/actor/director's latest album features jazz and Broadway standards produced by Diana Krall.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. The overall effect is that this is one of the Streisand albums most appealing to her fans and her potential fans--which includes nearly everyone who appreciates a singer singing like she's lived every line of her songs.
  2. Not exactly galvanizing stuff, but the woman still sings like buttah.
  3. At 67, Streisand’s gorgeous tones and powers of interpretation are utterly intact, and also front-and-center thanks to producer Diana Krall’s class-conscious pairing of her own understated quartet with Johnny Mandel’s velvety orchestrations.
  4. Streisand gives her trademark romantic-ballad treatment to 13 well-known standards.
  5. 80
    In truth, despite Diana Krall as producre and accompanist, this is hardly jazz. Instead, it's another nigh faultless array of ballads, immaculately dressed by arranger Johnny Mandel (a deluxe edition has backings by Krall's quartet.0 [Dec 2009, p. 92]
  6. Nevertheless, the album is really a reprofiled Streisand set for her fans, rather than an unexpected ­diversion for jazz ones.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. RickK.
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    One of Streisand's best ever!!!
  2. A.J.G.
    Oct 4, 2009
    10
    Thank you Barbra Thank you Diana.
  3. PeterM.
    Oct 5, 2009
    10
    The most inspired and personal album she's made since Higher Ground in 1997.
  4. DavidH.
    Oct 5, 2009
    9
    I'm a big fan of Barbra's records from the 60's and her new record comes very close to that sophistication and charm of that recording period. I really don't think she's come this close to it really since then. Less is so very much more here. Thanks to Diana for streamlining and helping create a beautiful and sublime record Expand
  5. BillP
    Oct 5, 2009
    9
    Streisand was and is the best female vocalist...has been since The Barbra Streisand Album, and still is with Love is The Answer. You can keep your Dions, Houstons, Careys....all fine singers with fine instruments, but there is ONLY one Barbra. At 67, her voice is in MUCH better shape than Mariah "I only whisper now" Careys or Whitney "I've so misused my voice I sound like I gargle with gravel" Houston. Bravo, Barbra. Expand
  6. ErikB.
    Oct 3, 2009
    6
    She's trying too hard...just sing Barbra....we and YOU know you can..... But...you still goit it!!!!!
  7. ScooterC.
    Oct 5, 2009
    2
    Always will love the Babs, but give me Diana Krall instead! The album is on Quaaludes and Xanax, nothing stands out, and I do mean nothing. Barbra is flat in some songs and while the pared down arrangements are good for singers like Krall, it doesn't work for Ms. Streisand's big voice and even bigger interpretations. Sorry, no me gusta! Expand

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