Barbra Streisand: Love Is The Answer

Barbra Streisand: Love Is The Answer

Love Is The Answer

Released: 2009
Reviews: 77
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The first full-length collection of new studio recordings from eight-time Grammy award winner Barbra Streisand since 2005's Guilty Pleasures. Love Is The Answer showcases the artist as a singer of emotional clarity, depth and maturity, offering the listener a selection of heartfelt late-night meditations on love's powers, heartbreaks and solaces. It provides an opportunity for Streisand to work for the first time with the Grammy-winning Canadian jazz artist Diana Krall and her quartet (piano, guitar, bass, drums) who bring a refined and sensual poignancy to the album's sophisticated and subtle accompaniments.

Rounding out the album's smoky after-hours ambience with his sublime orchestrations is the legendary songwriter ("The Shadow of Your Smile") and Grammy-winning arranger Johnny Mandel (who worked with Streisand on her 1993 Back to Broadway album and arranged/co-produced Krall's 1998 Grammy-winning When I Look In Your Eyes).

The deluxe version of the album is a two-disc package that features the Mandel arranged orchestra versions on disc one and quartet counterparts on disc two featuring Barbra accompanied only by quartet (piano, bass, guitar & drums).

Love Is The Answer: Tracks

# Title Average
Here's To Life
In The Wee Small Hours
Gentle Rain
If You Go Away
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
Make Someone Happy
Where Do You Start?
A Time For Love
Here's That Rainy Day
Love Dance
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Some Other Time
You Must Believe In Spring

Reviews for this Album

I've been listening for a few days now to both CDs but especially the quartet CD version "Love is the Answer" and must say, I don't remember being so stunned and riveted by her voice since the first few times I listened to "The Broadway Album." This is absolutely one of Streisand's best, boldest albums, ever. Her mastery of "You Must Believe in Spring" alone is awe-inspiring. Chilling at its best moments!

I've been listening for a few days now to both CDs but especially the quartet CD version of "Love is the Answer" and I must say, I don't remember being so stunned and riveted by Streisand's voice since the first few times I listened to "The Broadway Album." Her voice fills out the Johnny Mandel orchestrations just as comfortably as it snuggles up to and warms up the minimalist jazz of Diana Krall's quartet (virtuosos all!). Her mastery of "You Must Believe in Spring" alone is an awe-inspiring jolt. This is absolutely one of Streisand's best, boldest albums, ever -- it is chilling at its best moments, and those are many!

I have loved Barbra my whole life. Her work has effected me immensely and has helped me live a happier life. What power.
I looked forwrd to this project from the moment I heard about it. Love Diana and like Barbra was a big fan of Shirley Horn.
This CD blew me away though as Barbra - unlike the other two singers does not need the aid of strings to inhabit or enhance the emotional content of a song. Her voice alone does that. The quartet CD is heartbreakingly beautiful and I hope is the direction Barbra will stay with for the rest of her career.

There has never been a greater female vocal artist ever. This album shows the love and growth in her life and her music. Love is the Answer...without question.
The packaging of this album shows us her gift to all of us.... her heart, her music and her warmth. Thank you Mary for such a loving design.


I've been listening to this cd nearly non-stop since I bought it on the day of its release. What immediately struck me was how amazingly pure and strong Barbra's voice is, and how, after all these years, she still sings directly to my heart and soul. What artistry. What a treasure she is.

My first remembrance of Barbra was as a 14 year old watching her concert in Central Park on TV. Even though I was firmly a Beatles fan and rock and roll fan, I was thunderstruck by the way this woman sang and performed. I became an immediate fan and bought all her albums. I'm sure my parents -- and friends -- were totally confused. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" one minute followed by "Je m'appelle Barbra" Didn't seem strange to me....I was just loving the best music on the planet!

Ms. Streisand, YOU ROCK!!!! This is a most beautiful collection of songs, and it feels like I'm in the front row at the Village Vanguard (or Central Park on a summer evening) listening to you singing them. It's as if I'm 14 years old again, discovering you for the first time. Happy feelings. Sad feelings. The music reaches my heart. Can't imagine my life without that Streisand voice. Love you!

just seen Barbra on Johnathan Ross, I have been a fan since the 60s, and I must say my family dread it when the humming at the begining of The Way We Were starts as it makes me tear up and start to cry before the film has even begun. I have passed this emotional reaction on to my daughter and all her friends are now also firm fans. My mother in her later years has also come to appreciate Barbra through my feelings. These culminated in in the 70s with a Star is Born, whos songs are a biography for the 30 year love affair I have had with my husband.

Seeing her last night performing, only reiterated these feelings because when she sings her emotions and whole being are part of the way she sings. I can understand why she doesnt do it to often it must be so draining. But when she does, its like seeing a stradivarus being played by a master, or the first time you watch an opera live, or monet painting the lilies.

Cant wait to buy the new album, as I also adore Diana Krull, and the mix seems to be a natural one. Well done Barbra and may you continue to thrill us all

I was very curious of how she would sound these days. And the answer is very easy: great, again! I have always loved the soundtrack to " The Sandpiper" from Johnny Mandel (besides the great views of Big Sur in this movie with Elizabeth Taylor&Richard Burton!). And that feeling Barbra fully ewokes with "Love is the answer". It´s a treat and creates a real flow. And what a gift to release it as deluxe edition with orchestra & quartett version! I love them both, but that´s not surprising. I am with Barbra since 1979-and she never let me down! By the way: what a gorgeous cover photography! It is setting the mood perfectly. At least for me! Lovely!

I give this album a "10", Barbra is the only entertainer that you can actually sing along with, her diction is fabulous, the simple arrangements are fantastic, & give her voice that richness so many today can't achieve. Its nice to understand lyrics as the writer intended, & not have to wade through all that techno-garbage, Ms. Streisand needs none of that, her voice is the finest instrument around. This album is very sensual, & my husband may get lucky tonight!!!! Thanks Barbra, for this album, watch out world, she's back!!!!!!! I bought the deluxe edition, but i can't chose fairly between the two, they are both fantastic. It is fall here in Indiana, so just put the C.D. in, drive, and enjoy. Nutin better.

I just listened to the entire CD and it was truely wonderful. It so takes you back to her earlier works when she first started. It is awesome! She is an Icon for a reason. The songs and the arrangements are music for the soul. Thank you Barbra, for always giving us your best. Joshua

Being a vocal instructor, coach and cantor for many, many years now, I know quality; and Barbra Streisand has had it in abundance. To be an honest-to-goodness original in the field of pop singing is a stunning accomplishment only a handful of human beings can ever claim. Barbra is a beautiful person, both inside and out. While her singing in this collection is not her best, she looks beautiful and continues to grow as a person. At this time, the voice has become tremulous; it has lost the vibrato that has become the trademark of the great Streisand of yesteryear, but just to hear her sound is a joy. While the arrangements are deliberate and a bit staged, what 67-year-old sounds as free and youthful as this spectacular songbird? I think we love her so much, we can forgive her for any imperfections that may arise in her performance. Mazel tov, dear girl!

I have always love to hear her sing . I was about 8 or 9 years old I got my first radio with a 8 track player. One day I was in my room playing with my dolls and I had my radio on and her song The Way We Were was on. I stop what I was doing and did not move until the song was over her voice touch my soul from a very young age. I'm now 45 and to me its not what she sings It's how. She puts her soul in everything she dose. Even now as I listen to her songs I still get that feeling. Her voice is like a soft breeze with a lot of power that relax my soul. This one is at the very top for me it made me cry No singer has ever done that. This time it's real from her heart with love.

I've been a fan since I was 12 years old, way back in 1964. The album is lovely; I've been listening to Love Dance, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and Some Other Time, among others, almost non-stop since I purchased the album the day it came out.

One thing I have to note: Does anybody remember what Barbra said when she accepted her Grammy Award for the Broadway Album in 1987? She spoke about having won the award for the first time 24 years ago, in 1963. 24 is her lucky number, and so "with a little luck," she continued, "I just may see you 24 years from tonight."

In 2011, when Love is the Answer will be eligible for Grammy Award consideration, it will be 24 years from that night in 1987. In addition to all her other talents, Barbra may be psychic!

i dunno, i guess i was hoping for more. her voice sounds great, but i think the arrangements are downright dreary. and what nitwit decided he/she could write better lyrics than Otto Harbach on Smoke Gets?

40+ years of listening and I still love to hear you....thank you for a lifetime of beauty.

Where do you start? Barbra's music has always been a part of my 53 years. So, it's only fitting that her CD, "Love Is The Answer" is now a part of my sadness. After 5 tender years, my best friend has found someone else. Letting go of him is so painful. Every word of "Where Do You Start" touches my heart. Thankyou, Barbra, for helping me through another part of my life! Being in love doesn't get easier with age , but your music is my only comfort.

what a album have loved barbra streisand for years she is wonderful. i would love to see her one day i hope

Cada una de sus canciones... cada una de las palabras... cada letra... es la perfeccion en la voz de una dama brillante y profesional! es la mejor Diva y seguira en nuestros corazones por muchas generaciones mas! Dios la bendijo con haberse tragado el canario... =)


This album is the greatest stress reliever of all time! Thanks, Ms. Streisand, for making beautiful music.Please collaborate with Ms. Krall again. It's magic!


I just heard "Love Dance" on the radio- WICN, Worcester, MA
The announcer said: here's a new one from a familliar voice. I knew immediately who it was.
All I can say is IT"S ABOUT TIME ! Barbara has found the right material and fellow musicians to help catapult her back to a lead spot as a vocalist. She could always sing- she is extraordinary, actually but for the last 20 years or so, mis-cast. This is the Barbara we know and love! This is what your fans have been waiting for. Way to go, Diana! I will buy this CD- and, I haven't spent a dime on Streisand for ages.


What a wonderful recording. I am a jazz DJ at Kauai Community Radio here on the island of Kaua'i. The quartet version of Love is The Answer is very special. I shall be playing this beautiful music on my show.

You are sounding so good !!!!!!

Richard Porto


Your new album is really awesome...I love this a lot...Waiting for more cds!!

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I love this album thanks dear Barbra Smiling i love the song if you go away

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Fantastic album by a fantastic artist. The melodies are intoxicating, and Barbra's voice is as pitch perfect and harmonious as ever. The photographs are also superb, showing (what i believe to be) one of the most interesting and gorgeous faces on earth. I just wish Barbra would come over to the UK on tour, and give her legion of fans here something to smile about.

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