Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

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by Barbra Streisand
     
 

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Everyone loves a reunion, the happier the better. A quarter century after collaborating on the best- selling Guilty, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb are back together -- and the results are something to sing about. In fact, the only question is: What took them so long? Gibb was born with the kind of intuitive

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Everyone loves a reunion, the happier the better. A quarter century after collaborating on the best- selling Guilty, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb are back together -- and the results are something to sing about. In fact, the only question is: What took them so long? Gibb was born with the kind of intuitive pop instincts that others can only dream of; combine his sure touch as a songwriter and producer with Streisand's still-magisterial voice and pure pop pleasure is assured. Featuring ten new songs co-written by Barry Gibb and a striking take on the Andy Gibb hit "(Our Love) Don't Throw It Away," Guilty Pleasures is a testament to the undiminished strength of Streisand's vocal artistry. Digging into superbly crafted tunes such as "Golden Dawn," "Letting Go," and "Without Your Love," Streisand sounds as if she just stepped out of the original Guilty sessions -- here is a singer still in her prime and ready to remind the whole world about it. Barry Gibb, holding his own, gets into the act on two exuberant duets; both "Come Tomorrow" and "Above the Law" run thick with the lusty spirit that signals a hit single. The squeaky- clean instrumental textures and Bee Gees- styled backup vocals may speak of the late '70s, but delightfully so. Comparing Guilty Pleasures to its priceless predecessor is pointless -- appreciate the new union for the overflowing joy it brings.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Guilty Pleasures isn't simply the belated sequel to Guilty, Barbra Streisand's 1980 collaboration with Barry Gibb. It's the best mainstream pop album she's made since that multi-platinum, chart-topping hit. Of course, the competition isn't exactly stiff -- her pop albums since then have been deliberately safe, overly calculated adult contemporary affairs that only made records of standards like 1985's The Broadway Album shine all the brighter -- and it, like its predecessor, is a bit of an anomaly in Streisand's catalog, since it shares more musical similarities with Barry Gibb's work than Barbra's own, yet there's no denying that this is the most satisfying straight-up pop album she's cut since Guilty. In fact, apart from the crystal-clear, overly clean digital production that immediately pegs it as a 2005 release, Guilty Pleasures could be taken as a bunch of outtakes from the 1980 album. Gibb, who wrote (along with a handful of other collaborators) and produced (along with John Merchant) the entire album, along with playing guitar and providing backup vocals, not only doesn't attempt to update his signature sound, but proudly sticks to unfashionable pop styles like the early-'80s anthemic soft rock of "Stranger in a Strange Land," the mellow Latin-tinged "Hideaway," and the disco of "Night of My Life." Yet instead of sounding like the work of a duo stuck in the past, Guilty Pleasures sounds as if Gibb has constructed a set of 11 songs that play to his strengths as a pop craftsman and Streisand's strengths as an interpreter. This may be firmly within both of their comfort zones, but despite the record's decidedly low-key vibe, neither Barry nor Barbra sound lazy, nor do they sound like they have something to prove, as if they're consciously trying to live up to the standard their first collaboration set. They sound relaxed and quietly assured, which makes this album far more charming than it might initially appear to be. Not everything works -- some of the ballads toward the end of the record are a little too hazy and samey to catch hold -- but most of the album holds its own with Guilty, which means this is not only a pleasant surprise, but one of Barbra's best straight-up mainstream pop records, and an album that surely lives up to its title.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969355923
catalogNumber:
93559
Rank:
14800

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Barry Gibb   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Graves   Conductor
Doug Emery   Keyboards
Julio Hernandez   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lee Levin   Drums
Beth Cohen   Background Vocals
Leesa Richards   Background Vocals
Dan Warner   Guitar
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Eero Turunen   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Barbra Streisand   Composer,Executive Producer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Peter Graves   String Arrangements
George Bitzer   Composer
Doug Emery   Programming,String Arrangements
Jay Landers   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
John Merchant   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Blue Weaver   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Kim Skalecki   Personal Assistant
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Larry Warrilow   String Arrangements
Ashley Gibb   Composer
Renata Buser   Personal Assistant
Javier Carrion   Engineer
Stephen Gibb   Composer

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Guilty Pleasures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
describe guilty pleusures is a deligth, specially when barbra sings pop music without lose her own style , since TILL I LOVED YOU album, barbra dont make a pop album, an example of the bridge into her vocal broadway style to the pop contemporary music, "Nigth of my life" shines like a hit dance record, "Hideaway" in a new bossa nova-pop flavored song and of course a new classic AC album with "Stranger..." and the perfectly crafted duets with Barry "Come Tomorrow" and "Above the law"..dont feel guilty if you like this pleausure..