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Barbra Streisand - The Movie Album - Movie moments from Streisand

2006-03-29 18:41

With a sprawling 75-strong orchestra in tow, Babs runs through a suitably sweeping set, carefully tailored towards her trademark stylish and sophisticated croon. Avoiding any over blown tendency towards torch song theatricality, Streisand taps deep into the emotional timbre of each track.

Slow lustrous readings of 30s standards ("Smile", "I'm in the Mood for Love") seduce in their intimate simplicity segueing into gentle string-adorned sighs ("Moon River") with Streisand imbuing each phrase with a lived in and luxuriant shade.

Focussing on alternately mellow, uplifting ("Calling You" from Bagdad Café) and yes, the occasional easy listening outing ("Wild Is the Wind"), her note perfect flow adds an appealing nostalgic twist to shimmering ballads ("Emily") without ever descending into kitsch caricature. While smooth jazzy smiles ("The Second Time Around") remind contemporary listeners of a time when Streisand was the pre-eminent diva of her generation.
Having already notched up more than 50 songs written specifically for the big screen, you'd be forgiven for thinking that The Movie Album was nothing more than a re-packaged selection of memorable movie hits readily available elsewhere. Well, the good news is that Barbra Streisand's 60th album features entirely new renditions of cinematic standards.

Janine 2004/02/18 9:05 AM
I finally found someone ITs brillant i love that song , i'm getting married on the 2nd of May 2004 and i am going to play that song. Barbara Streisand Duets
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