Barbra Streisand – Higher Ground (1997/2015) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Barbra Streisand – Higher Ground (1997/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:44 minutes | 586 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Columbia

As Barbra Streisand’s first studio album of mainstream pop material in nine years, Higher Ground is something of an oddity. Instead of devoting herself to Broadway standards or a set of radio-oriented pop tunes, Streisand has crafted a record that she intended as a tribute to the power of music as prayer. It’s an ambitious project, but for the most part it works, achieving a surprising grace. Higher Ground comprises both traditional religious songs and new material (even “Tell Him,” an overblown duet with Celine Dion, vaguely touches on that theme), with grandiose arrangements by Marvin Hamlisch. Although Streisand and Hamlisch still favor sweeping strings and bold statements — so much so that many of the songs sound remarkably similar to each other, in terms of dynamics and arrangements — the album retains its power thanks to her subtle interpretations of melody and lyrics. The end result might not quite match her latter-day masterpieces, but it’s another strong addition to her catalog. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

01. I Believe / You’ll Never Walk Alone
02. Higher Ground
03. At The Same Time
04. Tell Him (Duet with Celine Dion)
05. On Holy Ground
06. If I Could
07. Circle
08. The Water Is Wide / Deep River
09. Leading With Your Heart
10. Lessons To Be Learned
11. Everything Must Change
12. Avinu Malkeinu