What Matters Most Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan & Marilyn Bergman

August 23, 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 19, 2011
  • Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 41:34
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  • ASIN: B005CZQ9I0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,330 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Streisand has a beautiful voice and I'm always amazed at her singing talents.
Barbra just keeps getting better & better, and I have a feeling this CD will go to #1 just like her last two did.
Paul Murray
Without a doubt and with no exaggeration, What Matters Most is one of the very best albums of Barbra's career.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on August 23, 2011
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Barbra Streisand is one of the most successful entertainers of our time. She has won 2 Academy Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, 4 Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute Award and a Peabody Award. Also, she is the best selling female artist on the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) list and the only female in the top 10. Plus has had 31 albums reach Billboard's top ten. She is also the only artist to ever achieve number 1 albums in 5 different decades. Quite impressive, and now she is back with the follow up to 2009's "Love is the Answer." "What Matter's Most" is Streisand's 33rd studio album and she hasn't missed a beat! This two disc set is a collection of songs by Alan and Marilyn Bergman (whom she won Academy Awards with for "Yentl" and "The Way We Were"). Produced by Streisand herself, disc 1 contains Bergman songs she has never before recorded. Disc 2 (on the Deluxe Edition only) is a set of previously recorded songs. Included with a colorful 24 page booklet, Streisand proves yet again she is an extremely talented singer.

"Windmills Of My Mind" (from 1968's "The Thomas Crown Affair") is the opening track and Streisand sounds beautiful, elegant, and as smooth as honey. She hits every note perfectly and shows the dynamic range that made her famous. Another highlight is "Nice n Easy," a song made classic by Frank Sinatra in which she sounds absolutely splendid. Sinatra sang it as a song about falling in love. Streisand's version is a song of seduction; of making love from a woman's point of view. "Alone in the World" is a love song, and this is what she does best. Sounding pure, vibrant yet subtle, the sound is simply amazing. A trumpet solo by Chris Botti adds texture and contributes wonderfully to the sound.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By norskmedia on August 27, 2011
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Shes back and sounds better than ever!! For those who keep saying they enjoyed her earlier style, um get with the times, shes 69 and do you really expect her to still sound that way and do the same thing??
This is her best album in almost ten years and blows Love Is the Answer out of the water. This work really reminds me of A Love Like Ours, but a little more upbeat in a way. This is very jazzy, calming, lush, evoking, sexy. Her voice is in amazing condition and you would never know her age by listening. Sure some notes are bit deeper than they once were, but she still has it and there are high octaves here that soar that were missing from 2009's Love is the Answer. This is sweeping, cinema epic, and you can tell the care and research that went into getting this just right. This album also reminds me a little bit of Christmas Memories in its vocal style. Yes you dont go driving down the road cranking up the base expecting a dance beat album for goodness sakes, this is pure classic Streisand that makes you feel and reflect and wonder. I think I read another review on here that said this album reminds the person again why they are a fan, and that is the best way to sum it up. Congratulations Barbra, you have brought it home and then some! Oh and Windmills On My Mind, was never a fan of that song, but wow she owns it now. It just takes you away. More than ten songs would have been nice, but I see why she did it this way. It keeps it cozy and compact, plus the bonus disc of her older songs is a great combo package with the new.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Dietor on September 8, 2011
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I'm not a die-hard Streisand fan. I love lots of what she's done, and actually always like her in her movies. But, her albums for me, well, some I really like and others, mehh, not so much. I have to admit that I have always respected her willingness to change, expand, grow, and try new things. I also know for most of us, we want our artists to stay in exactly the place we found them and fell in love with them; it's a real push-pull.

Lots of her albums, I've given away. I just wasn't in love with them; some of her music has been too over the top for me. But this one? This one is just wonderful. It's a testament to her gift and her vision. She loves these songs and it shows in each track. I love the sublime tempos, the quality and depth of her voice, the arrangements, and the Bergmans are exceptionally complex writers that make their songs worth repeated hearings. All of it comes together to make a collection worth owning. And, for those who may like her earlier works more, it does remind me of the velvet tones she is obviously able to still produce.

The world is so hectic and harsh these days...what a gift to have something that you can wrap yourself in like your favorite blanket.

Thank you for this collection. It is silky, soft, satisfying, sultry, and superb.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By W. Budris on August 23, 2011
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My on-line ordered copy has yet to arrive, so I went at lunch to pick up the Deluxe Edition of the new "What Matters Most", by my beloved Barbra Streisand. Playing Disc 1, featuring all the new versions of Alan & Marilyn Bergman songs that Barbra has not recorded previously, I was driving home from the Mall listening and melting away. During this time is when the earthquake rolled up the East Coast from VA and I never noticed a thing. So much for Barbra soothing an unusual situation. I loved the previous studio album "Love Is The Answer", and this new collection, plus a bonus disc of old favorites, adds to the brilliance that is and will always be Barbra Streisand. I received three gifts with this album:

1 - a new album of great Alan & Marilyn Bergman song that have never been recorded by Barbra previously. The orchestrations and interpretations blend beautifully on all tracks. Chris Botti lends his trumpeting to "Alone In The World". As we've lived along with Barbra all these years, and knowing her interpretations of previous Bergman masterpieces, these are the perfect set of songs for the mature Barbra. Highlights include a few Pourtugeuse lyrics during "So Many Stars" in one of the nicest arrangements of this hit track (previous hit for Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66). "Something New In My Life" is a Bergman song I was unfamiliar with. Barbra and the orchestrations take it to a different stratosphere with a great high note.

2 - A Collection of past Bergman songs from various albums, including two from the "Yentl" soundtrack. This could have been an album in its own right as Barbra's "Best of the Bergmans", so glad it was included with the Deluxe Edition. It is long overdue.
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