Love Is the Answer (album)

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Love Is the Answer
Love Is the Answer.jpg
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released September 29, 2009
Recorded November 17, 2008–09
Genre Jazz
Length 58:55
Label Columbia
Producer Diana Krall, Tommy LiPuma
Barbra Streisand chronology
Guilty Pleasures
Love Is the Answer
Barbra: The Ultimate Collection
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 83/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard (positive)[3]
The Boston Globe (?)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
The Times 3/5 stars[7]

Love Is the Answer is an album of jazz standards by Barbra Streisand released on September 29, 2009. The album was produced by Diana Krall and features Krall on piano. Orchestral arrangements are by Johnny Mandel, Anthony Wilson and Alan Broadbent. A deluxe edition contains a bonus disc featuring versions of the songs with just Streisand's vocals and Krall's quartet.[8]

The album received critical acclaim, and became Streisand's record-breaking ninth #1 album on the Billboard 200. This resulted in making Streisand the only artist to have a number one album in America in five different decades.[9] The album was certified Gold on November 13, by the RIAA, giving Streisand her 51st Gold record in the US.[10]


To promote the album, Streisand performed for one night only on September 26 at the Village Vanguard some forty-eight years after she opened for Miles Davis at the same venue.[11] On 2 October she also gave a rare interview and performed live for a BBC TV special hosted by Jonathan Ross. Streisand's performance at the Village Vanguard was released on DVD as One Night Only Barbra Streisand and Quartet at The Village Vanguard and was certified Platinum in the United States.

The album was promoted in a QVC special which offered a Special Edition DVD that includes bonus video tracks of "People" from My Name Is Barbra (1965); "Yesterdays" from Color Me Barbra (1966); "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" from The Belle of 14th Street (1967); "Silent Night" from A Happening in Central Park (1968); "Crying Time" (with Ray Charles) from Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments (1973).[12][13]

Chart performance[edit]

The same day of the release of the album, Mariah Carey released her album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Initially a favorite to be #1 on the Billboard 200 during its debut week, it was announced that Paramore's Brand New Eyes was ahead on sales and would likely reach the top spot of the Billboard 200 and surpass Mariah Carey. What began as a battle between those two albums ended with Streisand surpassing both and achieving the pole position of the charts.

Billboard then confirmed that the album debuted at #1. The news shocked the music industry, and found Streisand extending her previously held record of most consecutive decades with #1 albums achieved by any artist. Streisand has achieved at least one #1 album in five consecutive decades – the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s. Love Is the Answer is also the artist's ninth number-one album in the U.S., making Streisand the fourth artist with the most #1 albums in history, behind The Beatles (19), Jay-Z (11), and Elvis Presley (10). (It should be noted that Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones have also achieved nine number-one albums each.[citation needed])

Conscious of the good news (and the unparalleled record achieved), Streisand immediately posted a "letter" on her official website:

I was just told that Love Is the Answer came out at Number One, and I want to share that honor with all of you.. my fans, my friends.. who have made that possible. I want to share it as well with Diana Krall and Tommy LiPuma and everyone who worked on the album... with Jay Landers and especially my manager Marty Erlichman and my team at Columbia Records. You'd think that getting the news that you've been Number One in five consecutive decades would make you feel old, but this makes me feel young. Thank you all.[14]

In the UK, the album initially landed at #4, with sales of 30,000 copies.[15] The ensuing media coverage of Streisand’s U.S. chart placement helped bolster UK sales, and during its second week of release, Love Is the Answer managed to climb to the #1 spot, even surpassing Madonna's Celebration album in sales.[16] Immediately, Streisand sent another note to her fans through her website:

When the album went to #1 in the States I was surprised and thrilled. To have the same thing happen on "the other side of the pond" is just as exciting. I've always loved spending time in the UK and it's so gratifying to learn how this album has been embraced. With all my appreciation and thanks! Barbra.[17]

Achieving the top position in both countries, Love Is the Answer is only the fourth Barbra Streisand record to be #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, and the first to do so since 1980's Guilty.

In Canada, the album debuted at #2 with sales of 13,000 copies (only 1,000 copies behind Madonna's album Celebration).[18] In Spain, Streisand achieved her second top 10 album, landing at #1 with the 1980 multi-platinum Guilty album, and at #6 with Love Is the Answer.[19]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Here's to Life" (Artie Butler, Phyllis Molinary) – 4:35
  2. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Bob Hilliard, David Mann) – 4:02
  3. "Gentle Rain" (Luiz Bonfá, Matt Dubey) – 4:19
  4. "If You Go Away (Ne me quitte pas)" (Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen) – 4:14
  5. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) – 4:32
  6. "Make Someone Happy" (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) – 4:08
  7. "Where Do You Start?" (Johnny Mandel, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman) – 4:26
  8. "A Time for Love" (Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 5:12
  9. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:04
  10. "Love Dance" (Ivan Lins, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paul Williams) – 4:43
  11. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) – 4:22
  12. "Some Other Time" (Leonard Bernstein, Comden, Green) – 4:43
  13. "You Must Believe in Spring" (Bergman, Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 4:04 [Bonus track]

Deluxe edition[edit]

The second disc of the deluxe package, featuring Streisand and quartet, includes:

  1. "Here's To Life" (Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinary) - 4:31
  2. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" (Bob Hilliard/David Mann) - 3:58
  3. "Gentle Rain" (Luiz Bonfa/Matt Dubey) - 4:20
  4. "If You Go Away (Ne me quitte pas)" (Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen) - 4:12
  5. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman) - 4:34
  6. "Make Someone Happy" (Jule Styne/Betty Comden/Adolph Green) - 4:02
  7. "Where Do You Start?"(Johnny Mandel/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) - 4:26
  8. "A Time For Love" (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster) - 5:14
  9. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen) - 5:03
  10. "Love Dance" (Ivan Lins/Gilson Peranzzetta/English lyrics by Paul Williams) - 4:43
  11. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach) - 4:17
  12. "Some Other Time" (Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden/Adolph Green) - 4:43



On 2 December 2010, the 53rd Grammy Awards nominations were announced, and the album was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.[20] This was Barbra's 57th Grammy nomination in her career.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Backspacer by Pearl Jam
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 17, 2009
Succeeded by
Crazy Love by Michael Bublé
Preceded by
Brand New Eyes by Paramore
UK Albums Chart number-one album
October 11, 2009
Succeeded by
In This Light and On This Evening by Editors


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