Sunday, September 4, 2016
CD Review: Barbra Streisand Finds "Partners" To Sing Broadway & Waterstrider Debuts "Nowhere Now"
The legendary Barbra Streisand just released her 35th studio album titled "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" on August 26th through Columbia Records. It features ten iconic duets with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, performing some of the most memorable songs from Broadway shows. Beginning with "At The Ballet," from "A Chorus Line" you get introduced to Streisand's power of bringing out the best of her co-singers, in this case Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley. The three of them work so well-together, you'd think they starred in the show. The charm of Alec Baldwin is felt in his delivery of "The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" as Streisand's vocals are undeniably amazing. The album's lead single "Any Moment Now" features Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman as his vocal delivery will be surprising for fans of his action films. With the recent passing of Willy Wonka himself, Gene Wilder, Barbra Streisand and Seth McFarlane's version of "Pure Imagination" plays like a tribute to the late actor, while Chris Pine (Star Trek) tries his hand at the Broadway medley "I'll Be Seeing You/I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face." The album closes with the wonderfully warm duet of Barbra Streisand and Jamie Fox on the inspirational "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." To find out more about Barbra Streisand and her latest release "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," please visit barbrastreisand.com.
From Oakland, CA comes the full-length debut album from the alternative pop/rock band Waterstrider titled "Nowhere Now." It features ten songs that showcase the band's unique combination of rock, pop, dance and electronic music. Beginning with "White Light," the music's steady pace is highlighted by the exciting vocals of Nate Salman. As you dig deeper in the album, you begin to hear a lot of different things going on within the music of the songs "Redwood" and "Passing Ships." The starkness of "Just A Taste" gears you up for the uplifting feel of "Calliope" and their upbeat pop/rock single "New Sun." The album finish up with the addictive rhythm of the title-song "Nowhere Now" and the gentle, atmospheric tones of "Black Blood." Waterstrider has a few shows lined up on the west coast in November. To find out more about their new release "Nowhere Now," please visit waterstridermusic.com.
Posted by JP's Music Blog