Album Review of Partners by Barbra Streisand.

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Partners by Barbra Streisand

Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Sony Music
Genre(s): Vocal

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Partners - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Barbra Streisand's 2014 duets album, Partners, features the legendary vocalist performing songs associated with her storied career alongside a handful of handpicked guests. Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Walter Afanasieff, Partners is a duets album in the modern tradition of such similarly inclined releases as Frank Sinatra's Duets, Tony Bennett's Duets: An American Classic, and Paul Anka's Duets. The album also follows up Streisand's 2013 live concert recording Back to Brooklyn.

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New York Daily News (Jim Faber) - 60
Based on rating 3/5

People who need people love to make duet records. Count Barbra Streisand among them.. “Partners” is the second album to match Babs with other star singers. It mirrors a disc from 2002, titled “Duets,” which compiled a 30-year history of tandem recordings. Those cuts dated back to 1963, when ….

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Los Angeles Times
Their review was unenthusiastic

Amid the breathless genuflection that constituted Jimmy Fallon’s much-hyped interview with Barbra Streisand this week on “The Tonight Show” – “It’s unbelievable to stand next to you,” he actually said at one point -- Fallon somehow managed to extract a piece of useful information from his guest: that her goal with her new duets album was not simply to remake some of her biggest hits but to “reinterpret” them – to provide, in the case of “People,” for instance, “a whole other way of looking at the song. ” Let’s get real, Babs. This is a modal window.

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The New York Times
Their review was highly critical

An invitation from Barbra Streisand to record a duet is still the closest thing in pop to a royal summons. Her newest duets album, “Partners” (Columbia), with its blurred edges and pastel shades, is even mistier, gauzier and more texturally diffuse than such confections as “Guilty.” The ….

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