Barry Gibb – Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1 (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Barry Gibb – Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:04 minutes | 915 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Arriving on the heels of the much-celebrated 2020 documentary How Can You Mend a Broken Heart—a warm-hearted look back on the career of the Bee Gees and, more specifically, the Gibb brothers—this duets album has a lot to live up to. The end results, however, are hit or miss, as Barry Gibb (the only surviving brother) teams up with a slew of country artists on the group’s biggest songs. Highlights include “Too Much Heaven,” which pushes the right buttons from those first bars of easy listening perfection. With Alison Krauss taking Barry’s higher melody part, there’s a balance and easy trade-off that brings to mind Barry’s best duets with Barbra Streisand. Keith Urban, smooth and sweet, sounds like the lost Gibb brother on one of the Bee Gees’ earliest hits, “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” And Rival Sons’ frontman Jay Buchanan brings a true-blue soulfulness to “To Love Somebody”— but ends up overshadowing Barry. Age wears well on some voices. But when the voice was heaven-sent falsetto perfection to begin with, time is a heartbreaker. Which makes “Words,” Barry’s duet with Dolly Parton—herself a high-in-the-clouds songbird in her younger years, including when she and Kenny Rogers had a hit with the Barry-penned “Islands in the Stream”—a humbling, bittersweet listen. The same goes for “Rest Your Love On Me,” with Olivia Newton-John. But there are bright spots where Barry fits in comfortably, including a twangy take on “Words of a Fool” with Jason Isbell and “How Deep Is Your Love,” which finds him hitting the high notes and embraced by Little Big Town’s butter-rich harmonies. The majestic “Run to Me” starts with Barry sounding top-notch as Brandi Carlile—her honeyed croon as excellent as ever—joins in for Robin Gibb’s gilded part on the chorus. When she jumps up a register or two on lines like “And when you’ve got nothing to lose,” it’s chill-inducing and Bee Gees-worthy. – Shelly Ridenour

Tracklist

1. Barry Gibb – I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You (feat. Keith Urban)
2. Barry Gibb – Words Of A Fool (feat. Jason Isbell)
3. Barry Gibb – Run To Me (feat. Brandi Carlile)
4. Barry Gibb – Too Much Heaven (feat. Alison Krauss)
5. Barry Gibb – Lonely Days (feat. Little Big Town)
6. Barry Gibb – Words (feat. Dolly Parton)
7. Barry Gibb – Jive Talkin’ (feat. Miranda Lambert)
8. Barry Gibb – How Deep Is Your Love (feat. Tommy Emmanuel & Little Big Town)
9. Barry Gibb – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (feat. Sheryl Crow)
10. Barry Gibb – To Love Somebody (feat. Jay Buchanan)
11. Barry Gibb – Rest Your Love On Me (feat. Olivia Newton-John)
12. Barry Gibb – Butterfly (feat. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)

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