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Barbra Streisand - Back To Broadway (1993)

28-02-2016, 06:48
Pop | FLAC / APE

Title: Back To Broadway
Year Of Release: 1993
Label: Columbia
Genre: Vocal, Pop
Quality: FLAC / MP3-320
Total Time: 50:13
Total Size: 276 / 116 MB


1. Some Enchanted Evening (From "South Pacific")
2. Everybody Says Don't (From "Anyone Can Whistle")
3. Music Of the Night (From "The Phantom Of The Opera")
4. Speak Low (From "One Touch Of Venus")
5. As If We Never Said Goodbye (From "Sunset Bullet")
6. Children Will Listen (From "Into The Woods")
7. I Have A Love / One Hand, One Heart (From "West Side Story")
8. I've Never Been In Love Before (From "Guys & Dolls")
9. Luck Be A Lady (From "Guys & Dolls")
10. With One Look (From "Sunset Boulevard")
11. The Man I Love (Written For "Lady Be Good")
12. Move On (From "Sunday In The Park With George")

While still an impressive recording, Back to Broadway is less impressive than its predecessor, The Broadway Album, for a number of reasons. The first is material. Barbra Streisand seems to be attracted to certain musicals, and here she chooses more songs from shows like West Side Story and Guys and Dolls that she didn't pick the last time around. Still attracted more to current composers than earlier ones, Streisand picks five songs by Stephen Sondheim (who has once again obligingly rewritten lyrics to suit her) and three by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Sondheim material is worthy; the Lloyd Webber is not. (Though the intensity with which she sings "With One Look" from Sunset Boulevard suggests an eerie identification with the show's demented silent movie queen Norma Desmond.) Further, Streisand has done duets on two selections with people better identified with the material -- Michael Crawford, the original Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, on his signature song, "The Music of the Night," and Johnny Mathis, who has sung a medley of West Side Story songs in his shows for years, on a medley of "I Have a Love/One Hand, One Heart" from that show. Finally, the arrangements and production lean more toward contemporary pop and light jazz in many instances, the influence of commercial producers and arrangers like David Foster. All of which means that Back to Broadway is somewhat uneven. When Streisand takes on songs as well suited to her as "Everybody Says Don't" (from Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle) and "Children Will Listen" (from his Into the Woods), she nears her work on The Broadway Album. Elsewhere, she is merely a phenomenal singer working against material or arrangements that aren't quite appropriate to her.

by William Ruhlmann

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