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Duets

Just when it didn't seem possible to mine Streisand's catalog for yet one more retrospective, along comes Duets, which traces the legendary artist's expansive history of vocal collaboration.

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26

Just when it didn't seem possible to mine Streisand's catalog for yet one more retrospective, along comes Duets, which traces the legendary artist's expansive history of vocal collaboration. She hasn't always made the wisest choices in singing partners—as evidenced by the creaky "Till I Loved You" with Don Johnson, and a woefully mismatched pairing with Bryan Adams on "I Finally Found Someone"—but Streisand has often used dueting as a means of revealing rich vocal colors absent from her solo recordings. For example, she's wonderfully feisty with Kim Carnes on "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" and then deliciously bluesy with Ray Charles on "Crying Time." Bookending classics like "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Neil Diamond) and "Guilty" (with Barry Gibb) are two fine new efforts, the sweet "I Won't Be the Last to Let Go," with Barry Manilow, and the grand "All I Know of Love" with Josh Groban. Duets is one of those collections that you'll need to buy two copies of—one as a stocking-stuffer and one for personal use.—LF