In the four years since her previous studio LP, 2011's Bohemian, vocal icon Judy Collins added a spate of live releases and another holiday album to her prolific late-career catalog. Well into her sixth decade as a recording artist, she has little left to prove and yet she shows no signs of slowing her pace as she delivers Strangers Again, a 12-song collection of duets, all with men. The format was casual with each of her chosen counterparts given the option to either sing a song of Collins' choosing or bring his own selection to the table.
On her first studio album in four years, the evergreen Judy Collins opts for a totally collaborative project and, given her status, manages to corral a rather impressive guest list that includes Willie Nelson (who joins in on the outstanding When I Go) and Jeff Bridges, of all people, who asked her to sing Leonard Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow, from Candide. Other heavy hitters locking throats with the folk goddess are Marc Cohn (Belfast To Boston), Jackson Browne (Feels Like Home) and good old Don McLean, who revisits Send In The Clowns with the woman who made that song a crossover hit in 1975. To be honest, that’s as good as it gets outside of Leonard Cohen’s rather over-covered Hallelujah.