Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album

Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album

The Movie Album

Released: 2003
Reviews: 3
Average rating:
5

It's a given that Barbra Streisand loves being a movie star. But this collection of pop songs culled from 60+ years of Hollywood history displays a love and understanding of movie songcraft whose depth is surprising, even coming from the legendary diva. Few are likely even familiar with Andre Previn's evocative main theme for The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse; fewer still would cajole veteran songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman to give it lyrics, then make it their wedding song, but that's the unlikely genesis of "More in Love With You" here. If its overwrought classicism represents Streisand at her most cryptically opaque, her playful recasting of the chestnut "I'm in the Mood For Love" as jazzy bossa-nova showcases the low-key sense of adventure she brings to many of the performances here. Her veteran dramatic sense effortlessly drives Chaplin's "Smile" beyond schmaltz and elevates Inside Daisy Clover's "You're Gonna Hear From Me" to nothing less than theatrical showstopper. But it's in the album's smaller, more unexpected surprises (an exotica-tinged "Wild is the Wind," the slinky, electro production of Bagdad Café's "Calling You," "Moon River"'s faithful evocation of Hepburn strumming her guitar in the film) that it reveals its true heart and soul--and that of Barbra Streisand, unabashed Hollywood movie lover. --Jerry McCulley

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Reviews for this Album

Rating: 
5

I'm All Smiles! The Movie Album brings back the Streisand sound we all fell in love with. We can again hear the richness and purity, along with a newly found maturity, in Barbra's unique instrument. She is the old Barbra, the new Barbra...she is all the Barbras. Beautiful melodies, great orchestrations, the soothing sound of strings, and the world's most fabulous voice. As Barbra sang on TV in 1973, who could ask for anything more?
Barbra, You have inspired and touched our lives as only you could. In fact, I met my partner because of the mutual love and admiration we both have for you! Thank you so much not only for all you have done in entertaining us all these years, but also for bringing love into each of our lives.-Joseph Marzullo

Here is vocal talent at its best! Miss Streisand has a fond appreciation for this material and her command of it seems effortless (though we all know how hard she works). I suppose that's why she is a genius; she can take on the most difficult material and make it seem as though it was just natural. And indeed...this album is essential to Streisand's repetoire. She comes off as a star of unmatched quality and substance. Barbra is certainly "timeless" on this magnificent songbook.