Barbra Streisand ‘Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway’ Album Review Roundup

August 23, 2016

Barbra Streisand’s new album is ‘Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.’ The legendary entertainer performs classics with a variety of Hollywood stars including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx and others. Critics are weighing in and you can see a roundup of reviews right here.

Barbra Streisand

The now 74-year-old legendary music artist is back on the scene not just with this new album that boasts a stellar lineup of Hollywood A listers as duet partners, but also the new tour that preceded it, “Barbra: The Music . . . The Mem’ries . . . The Magic!” tour. That’s not to say she ever left the scene. With 52 albums to her credit the Kennedy Center Honoree has multiple Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony Awards and has been one a bona fide star for more than fifty years.

Her previous album, ‘Partners’ of 2014 went platinum. In fact, it was her 31st album to go platinum. It follows what has been a winning strategy for chart topping success for music legends; duets with other artists, especially current pop music stars. Thus Barbra Streisand traded lyrical lines with the likes of John Legend and John Mayer, as well as such music icons as Billy Joel and Lionel Richie.

But this time around, with ‘Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway’ she’s gone Hollywood, literally. Yes, it’s quite a lineup of collaborators, many of whom we can safely say wouldn’t have been anticipated. Ranging from Daisy Ridley to Melissa McCarthy to Alec Baldwin to Chris Pine and many others seemingly unlikely picks.

Another chart topper? Perhaps. It will draw in the longtime fans as well as the curious, not to mention the fans of the movie stars who might now finally know the answer to a question they had never asked; what would fill-in-the-blank sound like singing alongside Barbra Streisand?

If it does reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 it will further cement her chart topping history. No other artist has ever had at No. 1 album on the chart for six consecutive decades. It’s a stunning achievement, not likely to be repeated any time soon. And at age 74 in the waning years of the second decade of the 21st century, we shouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t top her own record, and make it seven decades.

Now that the album arrives in full, critics are weighing in, and you can see the reviews — more and more as they arrive, and, yes, no doubt there will be lots and lots of reviews. You’ll find a roundup below.

“….Barbra Streisand’s cheekily entertaining and sometimes touching new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, sounds like the skits and music of an extravagantly staged awards show without the awards. ….” –NPR

Here’s the full track listing

“At The Ballet.” With Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley. From “A Chorus Line.”
“Loving You.” With Patrick Wilson. From Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion.”
“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?” With Anthony Newley. From “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd”
“The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened.” With Alec Baldwin. From “Road Show.”
“Any Moment Now.” With Hugh Jackman. From “Smile.”
“Anything You Can Do.” With Melissa McCarthy. From “Annie Get Your Gun.”
“Pure Imagination.” With Seth MacFarlane. From “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
“Take Me To The World.” With Antonio Banderas. From “Evening Primrose.”
“I’ll Be Seeing You”/ “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face.” With Chris Pine. From “Right This Way”/ “My Fair Lady.”
“Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” With Jamie Foxx. From “The Sound of Music.”

Deluxe edition tracks:
“I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.” From “Too Many Girls.”
“Not A Day Goes By.” From “Merrily We Roll Along.”
“Fifty Percent.” From “Ballroom.”
“Losing My Mind.” From “Follies.”

Stay tuned for more as the album is due out on August 26th. Meanwhile you can see Barbra Streisand’s ‘Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway album cover art and behind-the-scenes music videos below!

Pictures: PR Photos

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