the Buzz for October 29th, 2012


Barbra Streisand — “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”
(from Release Me) — I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Release Me

For the record, you’ll nevah, evah convince me that Bette Midler’s bravura cover of this Randy Newman chestnut isn’t still the best I’ve ever heard. (This scene from Beaches still chokes me up, every damn time.) Notwithstanding that declaration, all the hoopla over Streisand’s just-unearthed version (which, heretofore, has been buried in Babs’ own personal vault for some forty years, and which anchors her brand new album of rarities and little-heard gems) is certainly well-earned: backed by Newman himself on piano, the diva turns inward, those still-evolving pipes wise beyond their impossibly young years, laying down an exquisitely crystalline vocal that crawls through the speakers like quantified, tangible grace.