After watching some press from Ms. Streisand about Love is the Answer I am dismayed by her seeming pride in not warming up or vocalizing before performance or recording. The effects of this were starting to show during the 2006 tour and sadly are on display in the new CD. Still a remarkable instrument but imagine if she took care of it!
To quote a great post on a Fan site
"I wonder how Ms. Streisand would feel if the trumpet player who does the "Music That Makes Me Dance" solo in her recent concert Overture didn't like to warm up, and so splatted on the high note. Probably wouldn't be tolerated. Or if the Broadway Boys on the European leg of the last tour didn't like warming up and so were cracking all over the high notes on "Somewhere" or "Evergreen." Suppose the studio technician was too lazy to perform the regular maintenance on the studio equipment and so a stunning and rasp-free performance of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" in unusable because of a buzz in the line. I guessing that wouldn't fly."
She seems to want to be seem as too good fro what others have to do. As if her gift was something different from her. It's not. Please pay the fans who have supported your work for so long some respect and give them the best you can....and not just hey ....this is what you get.