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Emotion

December 18, 1984

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 18, 1984
  • Release Date: December 18, 1984
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 45:46
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  • ASIN: B00138H5R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,564 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Great songs from a great singer/performer.
WJU Verboom
Barbra does so many different types of music on this album and there is something for everyone to love.
Patrick
In my opinion, this was one of Barbra's best albums.
Elizabeth

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Steidl on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yep. That's what her detractors were calling "Emotion" when first released back in 1984. Let's begin by eliminating the bad ~ "You're A Step in the Right Direction", and focus on the major strengths and the core of this vastly underrated work: Streisand's collaboration with Earth Wind and Fire's Maurice White. Almost as compelling as her more famous works with Mr. Gibb, the three White songs ~ "Time Machine", "Heart Don't Change My Mind", and "When I Dream" show Streisand at her strongest and most secure vocally in the world of contemporary "pop". Why not one of these three tunes were released as singles I will never understand (while the very enjoyable, simply sublimely melodramatic but dated even by the time of release, "Left In the Dark" and the inconsequential but fun "Emotion" were!). The duet with Carnes on "Make No Mistake..." is very powerful while "Here We Are At Last" is cinematic and larger than life (reminds me of "Widescreen" from "Lazy Afternoon", no?). However, the most moving and superbly sung track remains "Best I Could", where Streisand's voice soars with all the power, theatricality, and sensitivity the like no one else will ever equal in our lifetime. So in a nutshell, this album is no "The Third Album", "People", or "Guilty Pleasures". It is also not the disaster that folks tend to label it to this day, and I find it superior and much stronger than the latter "Till I Loved You". A flawed but majestically sung album by one of the finest singing actresses of all time.
Luigi ~ NYC
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pastre on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Emotion is a much mocked and maligned album by critics, fans, even Barbra herself. Many say she is simply not suitable for a pop material, that she should just leave these kinds of songs to other pop artists, Streisand herself said this. I disagree.

I was fourteen years old when I bought a cassette tape of Emotions, back in the late 80's, I did honestly enjoyed it. It's fun to listen (I even remember Babs Emotions and Left in the Dark Video, her only two music videos I believe which were NOT filmed in a recording studio.) to and Streisand perhaps wanted to try to break into the MTv generation with mixed results.

Barbra will never be an MTv artist. Hers is a voice that will never be just a product. Her voice is an artform, an experience of joy.

But to anyone who doesn't know that Barbra was the one singing it would still be impressed with her technique, though singing to the beat is not her best forte.

I specially loved Heart Don't Change My Mind, Left in the Dark, Emotion and Clear Sailing. I think she didn't succeed with Time Machine and You're a Step in The Right Direction. She sounded forced and studied.

But still it's the voice of Streisand. Listen and judge for yourself.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James M. Jimenez on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Many fans of Streisand were disappointed when this effort was first released in 1984 due in part to the great successes she had with GUILTY in 1980 & YENTL soundtrack in 1983. It is arguably at best to say that this is not her best effort but it does show her versatility to tackle material that was sometimes beneath her and yet made an HONEST attempt to sound FRESH and RELEVANT in the music business of the early 1980's when Music was definitely shifting towards electro and rock sounds of the time. The best cuts here in my humble opinion are the following:

LEFT IN THE DARK - Classic Steinman style but Streisand nails it in her own bravaura voice. Celine still doesn't match it. HEART DON'T CHANGE MY MIND - This is Streisand at her vocal prowess. FUN duet w/Kim Carnes "MAKE NO MISTAKE HE'S MINE" still the best duet version of other collaborations whether it be country or Pop is the bomb! The Maurice White produced efforts are fair but

"WHEN I DREAM" is still lovely to listen to and inspiring. EMOTION is just plain fun because of the Pointer Sisters backing. She let loose here. Only Misfire could be and justifiably is her collaboration written song "YOU'RE THE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION" w/John Mellencamp is campy and forced. But as time goes on you can help to enjoy it's guilty pleasure. So okay, it's not GUILTY or SUPERMAN but no other female vocalist could make these songs today and make them seem sincere and fresh...Streisand truly gives EMOTION here. That's just my opinion and I still think it's one of her most under rated efforts from this period.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on January 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, this was one of Barbra's best albums. Years ago I wore out the cassette tape - happiness is being able to hear these great songs and relive the memories that go with them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Lynch on April 18, 2008
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Streisand Soars on fantastic vocals. This album came out in 1984 after Yentle the Previous year. It is pure Streisand Magic. It has an upbeat song Emotion with a classy video with Roger Daltry as Babs love interest. a Great duet with Kim Carnes. THe lovely Clear Sailing hits an emotional note since it is a song my ex and I shared as one of ours. Barbra's voice is a gift from heaven and any album of hers is worth a listen. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austin Carroll on May 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Being as big of a Streisand fan that I am, I tend not to like her commercial success's as much as I have enjoyed the more obscure songs and albums of her career. Barbra has put out a few "pop" albums over the last five decades. They are "What About Today?," "Stoney End," "Barbra Joan Streisand," "Butterfly," "Lazy Afternoon," "Superman," and "Emotion." None of these albums were huge a huge commercial success, with the exception of "Superman." (One of my least favorites.)

This album itself tends to be a little dated, but there are a few great and timeless tracks on it. My three personal favorites are "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" with Kim Carnes. There voices blend so well together. "Left In the Dark," is an 80's epic ballad in the style of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," or "I Would Do Anything For Love." It's overly long, but nontheless, Streisand being the great actress that she is, keeps your attention throught he whole thing. The last song "Here We Are At Last," is absolutely beautiful. The only problem with it is, it doesn't sound like it belongs on the album. It answers so many questions we have about love. Overall this is an enjoyable album and I would reccomend it for any true Streisand fan.
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