Yes, yes, yes!Eamon wrote:^ Yeah they are. Actually I'm not that familiar with Barbara's music at really except for those three songs and "Memory". "Woman In Love" has such an instantly recognisable chorus. She has such a gorgeous voice. Such a traditional, timeless vocalist.
She's not boring at all. I find her voice always tells a story. There is such conviction behind it and I also love that theatricality of her voice too. I totally see her appeal and this might come across bad, but it's not meant in that way, I could totally imagine myself listening to her music in my 50's and onwards!! Her voice is truly faultless. She has the type of voice that you could listen to all day long.JSparksFan wrote:
Honestly, I'm not very familiar with her work either but I've just finished spinning her debut album and I'm on to her sophomore effort now and I can say that her stuff is quality! I love the theatricality of her recordings. I can't see how anyone can call her boring, to be honest. There's so much energy and dramatic flair in her delivery and listening to her is like listening to technical perfection. Her voice is faultless!
Oh, and I read on Wikipedia the other day (so take this next bit of text with a grain of salt) that that ten-second long note in "Woman In Love" was the longest unaltered note by a soloist in a #1 song up until Whitney's "I Will Always Love You".
Oh no, that doesn't come across bad at all! In fact, I agree with you. As much as I love my Pop girls, I am a bit nervous as to what their music will sound like thirty years from now. How outdated will their beats sound to the ears? That's the thing about having a great voice. As trends come and go, a legendary voice remains timeless and is always (or should always be) appreciated.Eamon wrote:She's not boring at all. I find her voice always tells a story. There is such conviction behind it and I also love that theatricality of her voice too. I totally see her appeal and this might come across bad, but it's not meant in that way, I could totally imagine myself listening to her music in my 50's and onwards!! Her voice is truly faultless. She has the type of voice that you could listen to all day long.
And that note in "Woman in Love" has always stood out to me. "Memory" is probably my favourite song she has done (that I have heard). That song gave me chills the first time I heard it. Her voice just soars at the end of that song and you can't help but be captivated by the story she is telling. It is such a haunting song.
Yes, she is an astounding live performer! I think I remember reading that it took three decades for her to go on her first concert tour because she's always suffered from a terrible case of stage fright, which is ironic because I truly believe she was born to perform!GetBack wrote:I listened to her discography some years before. She is an amazing performer, even her live concerts are so entertaining, especially when she reminisces and talks to the audience. I am so impressed that she can still sing effortlessly live!
Aw, I'd love to recommend you my fave Barbra songs thus far (I've only heard her first two albums in full at this point but I am determined to hear every single song she's ever recorded before this summer). The thing is, many of my favourites are overly theatrical so I'm not sure if they'll click with you.ThomyX wrote:I only heard 'A Christmas Album' and 'Release Me' from her and they're pretty good, I like them. I love her voice but most of her songs are just not for my taste, I find them too 'musical-ish'. 'The Way We Were' is a great song indeed and I'm willing to listen to some more of her songs if you recommend me a few, Akini!
Yes!Spartan wrote:Akini's turned into UKMix's resident Streisand stan.
I have to disagree, respectfully.GetBack wrote:I was so moved by her Oscars performance, she's still the vocalist to beat! So much emotion in that number!
THIS.NothingFails wrote:Her voice is great, but to me movies are where I adore her the most, especially in films like Funny Girl and Yentl where she both acted and sang.
Although the 1976 A Star Is Born is a mess of a film, there was a lot of ego clashing behind the scenes and the film was basically a vanity project for Babs, its hard not to love the movie if you like Barbra because she makes you care about her despite a weak script, and of course whenever her character sang it was magical. I recently bought that on blu-ray, and plan on getting Funny Girl in April when that comes out in HD. "Hello Gorgeous"
To me with Babs, it all comes down to the last four minutes of Yentl... what a phenemenal vocal performance and an great way to end the movie. The whole "watch me flyyyyyyy!!!" ending is as epic as it gets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_jjHAQoJU
Yes,the single sold over 1 million in ENROPE!!!Wayne wrote:Although not a hit in America due to not being released [it was originally scheduled to be the lead single from Celine's album until My Heart Will Go On came about] I think Tell Him was another phase of reinvention for Barbra. It came about at the same time as Higher Ground; suddenly, Barbra was working with the hottest star in the world [Celine] - I've done a trawl through Google archives and there's a shed load of articles on this one song.
Its a shame that they never got to perform it live - according to some insiders, Barbra chickened out and faked sickness at the last minute! But whatever the story, Celine got to collaborate with one of her icons and Barbra got to reinvent herself.
And the Higher Ground album turned out to be exceptional!