Barbra Streisand – ‘What Matters Most’: A Review

September 2, 2011

Barbra Streisand - What Matters MostOn Barbra Streisand’s latest release ‘What Matters Most’ she sings the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The deluxe edition contains previously released material, so hardcore fans may not find the bonus disc essential. The title track suggests the benefits of having loved at all when all is said and done. If silly songs done as only Barbra can do appeal to you, then “That Face” is for you. “The Windmills of Your Mind” is one of a few of the more popular songs Barbra does here. You may remember the Dusty Springfield version of this song. An interesting accapella introduction, but maybe this much reverb and echo is not necessary.

“I’ll Never Say Goodbye” is a really pretty song promising to stay forever with someone. Don’t make promises you can’t keep,  I will say about that one. “The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye” is a we will never do that again and yet find it happens yet again sort of a song. ”So Many Stars” has a rare above a whisper percussion that I like quite a bit. This release is not a dance party to say the least.

“Alone in the World” is a sad forlorn, mournful song that tells a lonely story, but in a beautiful way. ,”Nice ‘n Easy” is one of the easy to remember songs here. This was one of Frank Sinatra’s major hits.”Solitary Moon” is a gorgeous song with a strong performance from Barbra. “Something New in My Life” is a beautiful song that admits that stale and boring was going on until new love came along. This is a solid four star performance.

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