"What I really love to do is sing live with an orchestra. The majority of these songs were recorded just that way." Thus writes Streisand in the sleeve notes. And that's often when Streisand sounds at her very best.
Newly-married to James Brolin, this 1999 album is very much inspired accordingly. Marvin Hamlisch, master of ceremonies at the wedding arranged the beginning and ending of the song `Just One Lifetime'. The album possesses some nice touches, such as the recorder that features in the opening song and the sax that appears in the closing one. `We Must Be Loving Right' includes a pedal steel guitar and a fiddle in the mix.
But there are problems with her voice, most notably in the title track where there are strains on the held long notes, such as at "this finding your LOVE" and "amazing how SERENE it is". But it all ends beautifully nevertheless as her voice merges into a sustained string chord. In addition, the orchestration on `Wait' seems out of synch with her voice, yet it all somehow works, and knowing what a perfectionist she is, this must be what she wanted. Neither was I too keen on the bland duet with Vince Gill. (Who?)
So we have here standard Streisand fare; but when Streisand is the standard, that's very high indeed!