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Barbra Streisand
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
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Guilty may well be Barbra Streisand's best pop album. At the peak of her late-'70s popularity, she hooked up with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, who himself was basking in his Saturday Night Fever glow. Gibb wrote and produced ...  more »


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All Artists: Barbra Streisand
Title: Guilty
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Columbia
Release Date: 3/25/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Soft Rock, Vocal Pop, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074643675024, 074643675048, 0886971232721, 5099708612221, 5099775197621, 088697123272

Guilty may well be Barbra Streisand's best pop album. At the peak of her late-'70s popularity, she hooked up with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, who himself was basking in his Saturday Night Fever glow. Gibb wrote and produced most of the material on 1980's Guilty, and he supplied background vocals as well as co-leads on two tracks. The results are still completely bewitching. "Promises," for instance, is a lounge-like dance number and Babs sounds simply fabulous--sexy, lighthearted, passionate, playful--all at once. "Life Story" is a wild epic, and "Make It Like a Memory" keeps soaring up and up into a stratosphere of shag-carpeted luxury. Even Gibb's wavering vocals are great--and not a little like a disco version of Mandy Patinkin. And of course, the hits are out of this world: "Woman in Love" and "What Kind of Fool" are titanium-plated classics the likes of which Streisand has not topped since. A guilty pleasure, sure--just indulge. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Kendra M. (KendraM) from NASHVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 2/17/2008...
Yes, Barbra Streisand has a great voice, but so much of her music is run-of-the-mill pop music or old standards. This album is great due to Barry Gibb's participation. The Gibbs never did run-of-the-mill pop music-- they did absolute superb pop music. Barry wrote and produced all the songs here, sings back up on most and shares leads on several. Definitely a great album. Much, much better than their recent follow up, Guilty Pleasures.
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Cait E. from LAS VEGAS, NV
Reviewed on 2/10/2007...
This is Streisand's best pop album. Still a lot of fun to listen to.

CD Reviews

Everything a contemporary pop album should be.
Robert Johnson | Richmond, KY USA | 12/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Her biggest selling album, GUILTY is easily Barbra Streisand's best contemporary pop effort to date. Barry Gibb's skilled production hand gives GUILTY an added sense of cohesiveness, something that was sorely lacking from many of Streisand's late-seventies pop efforts. Gibb (along with Albhy Galuten and brothers Robin and Maurice) also had a hand in writing every one of the nine melodic songs and even duets on two of them.

Their pairing produced a monster hit with the riveting title track (#3 Pop, #5 Adult Contemporary), however it's actually the other Streisand-Gibb smash duet "What Kind Of Fool" (#10 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary) that proves to be the disc's show-stopper. Gibb's production and voice are an inarguable key to GUILTY's success, but it is Streisand's magnificent vocals that provide the album with it's soul - that's right SOUL! The chart-topping smash "Woman In Love" (#1 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary) was the leadoff single and stands a slice of pure pop perfection, with Streisand's performance as thrilling as any ever captured on record.

Amazingly enough for a pop record, the remaining six tracks more than hold up to the three big hits. The restrained ballads "Run Wild" and "The Love Inside" are absolutely gorgeous, while the seven minute-plus "Make It Like A Memory" plays out like mini-pop symphony. Barbra even ventures into dance territory with "Life Story" and the international hit "Promises" and really brings these tracks to life with a sexy exuberance. Even the slightly dated light funk of "Never Give Up" is a slinky delight. GUILTY was a massive hit upon release, hitting #1 on the Hot 200 and achieving Quintuple Platinum status in US sales and selling nearly 20 million copies worldwide. This success is hardly surprising as GUILTY is simply everything a pop album should be."
Undeniably, Streisand at her best!
New World Smurf | 04/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"She needs to produce more albums like this. Pure pop pleasure! Most of her recent albums have been so drab and unlistenable. Please, Barbra, return to making these great pop-oriented albums! Don't waste your beautiful voice and unique talent on the nondescript music that you've been recording lately. I miss the old Barbara! I hope she returns very soon."