Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! I plead "guilty". I am an unabashed fan of Barbra Streisand. Although I prefer Streisand when she sings Broadway tunes with orchestrated arrangements, GUILTY is probably my favorite "pop" album of hers (although I have to admit that EMOTION and TILL I LOVED YOU are high on my list, although the songs on those are not as consistent as on the Gibb album).I was not overly excited for GUILTY PLEASURES, although I am always excited when a new Streisand album is released.Having heard the complete album, I'm won over. With the exception of a couple of tracks, the album is strong and fresh. Streisand's vocals --- ageless and evergreen! She sounds playful, soulful, vibrant. Some of her improvisations are lovely. She doesn't have the trumpeting notes that she had in the 1970's, but she still sounds great. It's so nice to hear a vocalist sing the melody and improv only when necessary -- some of these young divas think that "singing" is improving and doing runs throughout the song so that there is no hint of melody left. And Barry Gibb can write some great melodies.My favorite on the album (I play it over and over) is "Letting Go". The song is haunting and Barbra's vocal is exquisite. Second best is "Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away"). I loved Andy Gibb's version, and Barbra's is excellent as well. I love her vocal improvs on the last chorus -- she always finds a way to sing a well-known song that makes it fresh. "All the Children" finds the Streisand Voice in some ethnic territory, and ... I like it. The rhythmic chorus on this song is fun. I'm not sure I enjoy "Night of My Life", but you have to admit that Barbra "goes for it" and gets down halfway through. "Come Tomorrow" has that doo-wop, 50's quality that others have mentioned and I like it. "Above the Law" is a weird song, but it has grown on me. Its redeeming quality is that it has a great, sing-songy, airy fun about it. I love when Barbra sings "end of my rainbow...". I find "Hideaway" and "Golden Dawn" sexy. "Stranger" and "It's Up to You" are good tracks, too!So ... Barbra (without the extra "a", folks!) is back. I've seen some of the music industry (tv shows, reviewers) make fun of the album. I don't think anyone believes this will be a hit like Mariah Carey. This album is definitely for the Adult Contemporary crowd. Many 20-somethings who listen to Christina and Mariah and Ashley Simpson may not like this kind of pop. But it is traditional pop, nonetheless. The New York Times reviewer asked "what does this style and substance mean in 2005?" I wonder why MUSIC has to be relative to the year? Barbra is NOT going to sing hip hop, ya know what I mean? When does an artist become timeless? Barry Gibb and his brothers set the sound for a generation. It may not be the sound of *this* generation, but it is a recognizable sound that people still enjoy today. By working his magic on Streisand's GUILTY PLEASURES, Gibb has made her sound fresh and playful. And timeless.attention brand,ranking top4,super special priceGuilty Pleasures
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Barbra Streisand returns to the scene with her newest release, Guilty Pleasures, which marks the reuniting of the legendary singer with producer Barry Gibb, whom she originally collaborated with 25 years ago on the multi-platinum record Guilty. The new album features 11 new tracks including the singles 'Letting Go' and 'Stranger In A Strange Land' and rekindles the magic between Streisand and Gibb that captivated so many listeners 25 years ago. DUAL DISC. Columbia. 2005.

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A few tracks into this highly anticipated Barbra Streisand release and the title starts to make sense. Guilty Pleasures is a 'Streisandian' spin on a melange of popular styles, including '50s doo-wop ("Come Tomorrow"), Motown ("It's Up to You"), disco ("Night of My Life"), Broadway ("Without Your Love"), and something vaguely waltz-like ("Stranger in a Strange Land"). If that sounds gimmicky and contrived, it isn't. The musical influences are more under Streisand's spell rather than the other way around. Then there's that voice: fire-and-brimstone bold one minute, cashmere soft the next, and fully undiminished overall. Much has been made of the politics surrounding "All the Children," but the protest-song-for-Muzak reputation preceding it comes without justification. The song makes its point (for peace) mildly and without undue controversy. The voice of Barry Gibb crops up more than just on the two duets he is credited with ("Above the Law" and "Come Tomorrow"), and where it is not being showcased, on "(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away" for example, it sounds best. Of course the other inspiration behind this album's title is a nod to Guilty, the multiplatinum album Streisand and Gibb recorded in 1980 that captured the hearts of millions and spawned decades of requests for further collaborations. With Guilty Pleasures, Streisand has managed to avoid charges that she's past her peak, as evidenced on the gorgeous love song "Letting Go." "i"--Tammy La Gorce

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Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! I plead "guilty". I am an unabashed fan of Barbra Streisand. Although I prefer Streisand when she sings Broadway tunes with orchestrated arrangements, GUILTY is probably my favorite "pop" album of hers (although I have to admit that EMOTION and TILL I LOVED YOU are high on my list, although the songs on those are not as consistent as on the Gibb album).I was not overly excited for GUILTY PLEASURES, although I am always excited when a new Streisand album is released.Having heard the complete album, I'm won over. With the exception of a couple of tracks, the album is strong and fresh. Streisand's vocals --- ageless and evergreen! She sounds playful, soulful, vibrant. Some of her improvisations are lovely. She doesn't have the trumpeting notes that she had in the 1970's, but she still sounds great. It's so nice to hear a vocalist sing the melody and improv only when necessary -- some of these young divas think that "singing" is improving and doing runs throughout the song so that there is no hint of melody left. And Barry Gibb can write some great melodies.My favorite on the album (I play it over and over) is "Letting Go". The song is haunting and Barbra's vocal is exquisite. Second best is "Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away"). I loved Andy Gibb's version, and Barbra's is excellent as well. I love her vocal improvs on the last chorus -- she always finds a way to sing a well-known song that makes it fresh. "All the Children" finds the Streisand Voice in some ethnic territory, and ... I like it. The rhythmic chorus on this song is fun. I'm not sure I enjoy "Night of My Life", but you have to admit that Barbra "goes for it" and gets down halfway through. "Come Tomorrow" has that doo-wop, 50's quality that others have mentioned and I like it. "Above the Law" is a weird song, but it has grown on me. Its redeeming quality is that it has a great, sing-songy, airy fun about it. I love when Barbra sings "end of my rainbow...". I find "Hideaway" and "Golden Dawn" sexy. "Stranger" and "It's Up to You" are good tracks, too!So ... Barbra (without the extra "a", folks!) is back. I've seen some of the music industry (tv shows, reviewers) make fun of the album. I don't think anyone believes this will be a hit like Mariah Carey. This album is definitely for the Adult Contemporary crowd. Many 20-somethings who listen to Christina and Mariah and Ashley Simpson may not like this kind of pop. But it is traditional pop, nonetheless. The New York Times reviewer asked "what does this style and substance mean in 2005?" I wonder why MUSIC has to be relative to the year? Barbra is NOT going to sing hip hop, ya know what I mean? When does an artist become timeless? Barry Gibb and his brothers set the sound for a generation. It may not be the sound of *this* generation, but it is a recognizable sound that people still enjoy today. By working his magic on Streisand's GUILTY PLEASURES, Gibb has made her sound fresh and playful. And timeless.attention brand,ranking top4,super special priceGuilty Pleasures