Barbra Streisand's second album, again under the guidance of arranger Peter Matz, carries on seamlessly from her debut disc. This time around, Streisand was able to approach newer material, while still including pieces from her nightclub act.
Highlights including the dramatic "I Don't Care Much" from CABARET (with that fabulous Fred Ebb lyric, "feet don't waltz/when the roof caves in"); and the manic "Gotta Move", complete with exiting bongo-drum accompaniment. Streisand also includes a well-judged "Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home" from ST. LOUIS WOMAN; and a singular arrangement of "Who Will Buy?" from OLIVER!, ensures it becomes another stand-out.
Streisand must have had a fondness for composer Harold Arlen's work, for in addition to ST. LOUIS WOMAN, she also gives a nod for BLOOMER GIRL with the delightful "Right as the Rain", which bookends perfectly with the former.
As other reviwers have noted, the raw and youthful quality of Streisand's vocals is still very much apparent on this album; (a lot of that was rounded-out by the time she recorded "The Third Album"); nevertheless, her infectious charm will make this album one you'll delight in revisting again and again.
[Columbia CK 57378]
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