What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand
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  • Summary: Barbara Streisand sings the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and also produced the album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 83
    Here Babs goes bigger, singing the natural-fiber stuffing out of 10 dramatic tearjerkers by her old pals Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    The state of the art recording ensures that this is another unmissable feast of song from an artist seemingly unstoppable in her continuing quest to present something new to her worldwide audience.
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    78
    As always, though, Streisand sings the material like it was written expressly for her, elongating phrases at will and slowing most of the tempos to a luxurious Old Hollywood crawl. What matters most? Babs' bliss.
  4. Aug 24, 2011
    75
    Streisand's somber production and emotional vocals evoke melancholy more than joy--a fitting mood for these theatrical but not sentimental songs.
  5. Aug 22, 2011
    70
    Some of her high notes may have slipped away, but the body of her instrument has ripened. The overall tone is fairly subdued.
  6. Aug 22, 2011
    70
    lthough the arrangements and material are monochromatic, What Matters Most isn't a failure by any means, thanks to Barbra Streisand's interpretive skills (as well as her flair for drama and her ever-beautiful voice). That said, this is not a record for those who love precocious Streisand best (Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!).
  7. Aug 23, 2011
    70
    Streisand, who produced it herself, has a soft spot for orchestrations that are just a little too sweet, languid piano balladry, and lilting, midtempo cocktail-hour ambience that would be more fun if it had some swing.
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  1. Aug 25, 2011
    10
    After making a BEELINE to Barnes and Noble on Tuesday to pick up an additional copy of Barbra Streisand's AMAZING, new CD - (I had ordered my original copy from QVC in order to get the DVD, but it hasnâ Expand