This is not a perfect album. Perhaps it's because I know most of the original songs so well that it becomes jarring to hear them done differently. Not all the pairings work well either. But there are some absolute gems here, like the "I still can see your face" duet with Andrea Bocelli.
Other notable tracks are "It Had to be You" with Michael Buble and "Somewhere" with Josh Groban. The duets with John Mayer, her son Jason Gould and Billy Joel are well done too. It's the Babyface, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie tracks that leave me cold. Maybe I'd hoped for more with those incredible voices.
I'm giving it 4 stars because the album works well as a whole listening experience. You never get bored as there is plenty of variety and Barbra's voice is perfect. You can tell she had fun making the album and I love reading the notes on each track which is something Barbra often does, which makes buying the CD essential.
If it's not too much to ask, can we have a female partner version? Duets with Linda Eder, Edina Menzel, etc would be sublime.