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253. Political, patriotic Barbra
2 November 2018
As it is no secret that Barbra Streisand is an outspoken critic of President D. Trump, the real surprise here is that the legendary singer chooses to devote much of this new album to respond to him and this era of intense political controversies. Over the course of its 11 tracks, the album's tone switches between despair and rage to rail against what has happened to a country once strong and full of hope. Amidst the gorgeously-arranged tracks, her magnificent voice remains the main attraction, and even though the songwriting is occasionally not as impressive as Ms Streisand's vocal abilities, the sincerity of this project can break down someone's cynical defences. In the past I was sceptical whenever artists became political in their work, but since Madonna's exceptional "American life" album, I am more open to similar projects. In contrast to that record, there is no musical ground to break here, but I appreciate Barbra's intention to offer something fresh to her audience. The absolute standout track for me is "Lady liberty", wonderfully encapsulating the essence of both this set and Streisand herself. And I love how she has chosen to close the set with two tracks that sprinkle some hope around. Which is what this album ultimately seems to be about: finding some reason to persevere during a period of political uncertainty. There are many reasons why she is the diva of all divas, this album adds another one.