Liz Smith reviews Barbra's New Album.

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. (As for Liza, I think out of her fondness for Kander and Ebb, she has somewhat exaggerated their impact—after all, she was singing!)

“What Matters Most” is a two-disc set. The first disc is ten Bergman songs never recorded by Barbra, the second disc contains ten more familiar tunes—“The Way We Were,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”

But it is on the first disc that Barbra truly soars. Listen, it’s worth the price just to hear Barbra a’capella on the first bars of “The Windmills of Your Mind.” Barbra has retained the exquisite upper register of her voice, but the tones have deepened—beautifully. Age has not withered her gift and life experience has given it much more resonance.

In a world of phony, over-hyped “talent,” I’m glad a true artist like Barbra is still here, working and reminding us that “perfectionist” is not a dirty word.

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When Barbra sang "I'm The Greatest Star" in FUNNY GIRL, I knew she was declaring to the world that she was going to be uplifting us, inspiring us, loving us for many decades to come! WHAT MATTERS MOST to us is the adrenaline and compulsion to listen over and over to this miraculous addition of superb renditions by not only a great entertainer, but also a truly gifted artist that outshines all the rest. "Perfectionism" is not a dirty word to anyone who appreciates dedication and fierce determination to produce only the best and will not settle for less. My hat, my heart goes out to you Barbra and critics who recognize sheer beauty and talent galore!!! I'm off to buy another edition of this magnificent compilation of gems!

Lizbuckster

Beautiful review and I agree. Barbra truly is one of the only real and truthful artists on the scene today. The acapella on "The Windmills of Your Mind" will blow your mind, as if her voice takes you to the deepest part of yourself. It is now my favorite portion of any song she has ever recorded. Her emotion within the lyrics is utterly spine tingling. If you don't have this CD you need to go get it.

As a girl,Barbra had a girls soul.And used it to her youthful advantage.Hairs rose on our collective necks then,and now the same hairs rise,only now they are gray.She is a miracle.She just has that something that cannot be measured by any standard that we know of.I really believe that Barbra ,as much as she has tried to make us believe,has no idea of how magnificent she actually is.She can't...only we can.Her new CD is a wonder...for any age at any time in music history.She told us many years ago that "My name is Barbra....and most of the world has never forgotten.She has taken me from 14 to 63 without disappointment.In the world of music..It's YOU that matters most,Barbra, Julian Green

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Truly amazing...from the opening note of "The Windmills of your mind" to the last breath on "What Matters Most"...Ms. Streisand reminds us ALL that her voice and God given talents are really "What Matters Most!"
Kudos Barbra, and thank you Alan and Marilyn Bergman...for your talents and beauty have found their 'Key Light' in THE VOICE of our generation...and thankfully many more generations to come~

Le Chaim

With Love~Light~Blessings~

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