By Susan King, Los Angeles Times - LA Times.
Their longtime bond includes the new album 'What Matters Most.' On it, Barbra Streisand sings 10 Bergman numbers she had not previously performed. The lyricists reflect on their connection with the singer.Read more »
The debut of Barbra Streisand's new Columbia album, "What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman" at Number Four on the Billboard ratings announced today marks the CD as her 31st album to chart in the Top 10, moving her into third place among all recording artists in that category of achievement. With today’s placement, Streisand passes the Beatles to the number three position behind only Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones. The new CD's ranking extends her lead over all female artists and acts in number of Top Tens.Read more »
Veteran American husband-and-wife lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman talk about their long association with Barbra Streisand, which includes songs written for her new album What Matters Most. They discuss their prolific 50-year career which has included hits such as The Windmills Of Your Mind, You Don't Bring Me Flowers and The Way We Were, and involved saying no to Frank Sinatra.
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Here are a selection of fan reviews for Barbra's new album...
Sublime, divine, sexy, heartbreaking, uplifting, moving, stunning, swinging, romantic, superb and one for the ages in a voice that is so defiant of time that it now borders on the supernatural. Every brilliant track exudes a timeless quality that sounds both vintage and brand new at the same time. Oh baby she's done it again. Damn!
- Chris Nickens.
This morning I bought Barbra's CD in my local record store and have been listening to it for the last 2 hours and I have been crying for the last 2 hours!Read more »
What Matters Most—Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, a lush, 10-song album written by husband-and-wife lyricist team the Bergmans, long-time Streisand collaborators.
“[They’ve] been in my life since I was 18-years-old,” says 69-year-old Streisand, who’s covered more than 50 of the duo’s songs. “It’s wonderful to work with people that you love on several levels.”Read more »
I have it in my hand, the gorgeous deluxe edition of Barbra Streisand’s “What Matters Most” album. This is her self-produced tribute to her old friends, the great lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. If the Bergmans didn’t quite “invent” Barbra, in the manner of John Kander and Fred Ebb, a la Liza Minnelli, they are responsible for so many of Streisand’s signature tunes—including the score for “Yentl”—that they have become vital to Barbra’s enduring legend. The Bergmans know her voice, her personality, her heart.Read more »
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
Barbra Streisand has long enjoyed the luxury of taking on only those projects that she's passionate about. But her latest album , she insists, is a particular "labor of love."
What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, out Tuesday, features 10 songs by the beloved husband-and-wife team, Streisand's longtime collaborators and friends. All were recorded by the singer for the first time — a notable detail, as Streisand, 69, had covered more than 50 of the duo's songs before. Read more »
Express.co.uk - By Jane Clinton
THEY met her when she was an 18-year-old new kid on the block performing in a tiny club. Wearing an outfit of her own creation (a white blouse and a long herringbone skirt) she opened her mouth, began to sing and brought one woman in the audience to tears.
“I started to cry and I did not stop throughout this little gig in Greenwich Village,” says celebrated lyricist Marilyn Bergman who was with her husband and co-lyricist, Alan Bergman.Read more »
Talk about the ultimate engagement gift. When young Brooklynite Alan Bergman wanted to mark his upcoming marriage to fiancé Marilyn Katz, he wrote a song for her called "That Face," and arranged for Fred Astaire to record it.
The Bergmans, now three-time Academy Award winners for their song lyrics, have been married for 54 years. And for many of them, there has been another woman in their life — the singer they call their "muse" and close collaborator, Barbra Streisand.Read more »