Picks and Pans Review: Barbra Streisand

updated 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Guilty Pleasures

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Twenty-five years ago Barbra Streisand teamed up with producer Barry Gibb to make the easy-listening classic Guilty, one of the best—and best-selling—albums of her career. To celebrate the album's silver anniversary, the two have reunited for a satisfying sequel that will be a pleasant nostalgia trip for fans of the original. Indeed, the CD recaptures the signature sound of post-Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees that marked Guilty hits like "Woman in Love," "What Kind of Fool" and the Grammy-winning title track. As on Guilty, the new disc includes two full-fledged duets with Gibb, the '60s-inflected "Come Tomorrow" and the lush, lilting "Above the Law," one of several bossa-nova-tinged numbers. Gibb also sings backup throughout Guilty Pleasures, providing sweet harmony for La Streisand's typically sterling vocals. And he's not the only Gibb on board: Eldest sons Ashley and Stephen Gibb cowrote much of the disc with their dad. Hey, nepotism that works this well is nothing to feel guilty about.

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