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  • Summary: Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Walter Afanasieff, the album from the multi-award-winning vocalist includes duets with Babyface, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder and with theProduced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Walter Afanasieff, the album from the multi-award-winning vocalist includes duets with Babyface, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder and with the help of technology, a duet with the late Elvis Presley. Expand
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We travel single-oh Maybe we're lucky, but I don't know With them, Just let one kid fall down And seven mothers faint. I guess we're both happy, but... See the rest of the song lyrics

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  1. Sep 15, 2014
    70
    Ultimately, Partners works as guided tour down Streisand's memory lane, and with her resonant voice still in supple shape, any excuse to hear her sing is a welcome invitation.
  2. Throughout, Streisand’s voice sound more robust than it has for some time, especially compared to her live performance last year in Brooklyn. But she has a tendency to oversing in an attempt to engage with her guests.
  3. Sep 19, 2014
    50
    Most of the dozen tracks on Partners-- which features duet partners such as Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli and the singer’s son, Jason Gould--offer no such vantage [of a whole other way of looking at [a] song].... Yet there is strong work here--four songs that live up to the singer's stated ambition.
  4. Sep 15, 2014
    40
    This record falls into all the icky, celebrity duet traps.
  5. Sep 15, 2014
    40
    The choppy calls and responses between Ms. Streisand and her partners, however, lack conversational or narrative flow, and you have an uncomfortable sense that the parts were spliced together after the fact.
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  1. Oct 29, 2014
    8
    While a big fan of Streisand, I have not liked very much from her CD's of late. I found this one to be somewhat of an exception. While it isWhile a big fan of Streisand, I have not liked very much from her CD's of late. I found this one to be somewhat of an exception. While it is annoyingly familiar (cue the swelling orchestra from the minute track 1 begins), has some laughable banter (cue the aw shucks lines between lyrics) and is mostly over-orchestrated, it is also incredibly easy to listen to and for many tracks, largely well done. While she has lost certain registers in her voice, she is probably in better vocal shape than 99% of pop singers out there. Good tracks to note-------Come Rain or Come Shine, People (w Stevie Wonder), NY State of Mind, What Kind of Fool. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2014
    7
    When I was a kid, I heard Leonard Maltin review 'Yentl' and he said, "I really wanted to like Yentl, but I just couldn't." I never reallyWhen I was a kid, I heard Leonard Maltin review 'Yentl' and he said, "I really wanted to like Yentl, but I just couldn't." I never really understood what he meant by that, until I got this album. I really wanted like it - the concept is great, the partners are all formidible - but the tracks and arrangements fall flat, for the most part. None of the 12 songs are nearly as good as the originals, with the exception of 'It had to be You."
    I completely disagree with user - TimInThe808 about NY State of Mind -- I found this new version to be so over-the-top that it's annoying! Additionally, it's the only song where Streisand diminishing vocals are abundantly apparent. A duet of "Just The Way You Are" would have a better song for Joel and Streisand at this stage in their careers. Streisand hit NY State of Mind out of the ballpark in '77 -- THAT's the quintessential version. Disasppointed, but applaud the effort and hope this is another #1 album for her.
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  3. Sep 16, 2014
    6
    A very mixed-bag to be sure, but Streisand is in very fine voice - and the new arrangement of New York State of Mind with Billy Joel is very,A very mixed-bag to be sure, but Streisand is in very fine voice - and the new arrangement of New York State of Mind with Billy Joel is very, very good. Again, it wouldn't kill Streisand to kick up the tempo, however. Everything she releases now is so sleepy. Remember the Stony End, Guilty, etc. days? Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2014
    4
    There is nothing wrong with the voice of Streisand here, but the album fails because of almost everyone else. Every duet makes you long forThere is nothing wrong with the voice of Streisand here, but the album fails because of almost everyone else. Every duet makes you long for the original rendition. A major disappointment. Expand