"I'm the Greatest Star" — The Essential Barbra Streisand on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
25 Jan 2014

5. "Guilty" (studio album, with Barry Gibb, 1980)

"Guilty" was a total departure from the more "easy listening" style of adult contemporary pop Barbra Streisand recorded throughout the 1970s. It's also her best-selling album. Several songs from "Guilty" hit high on the Billboard charts and "Woman in Love" was Number One for three weeks. Streisand's unique ability to sing (and even wail) with a sort of piercing, metallic sound (and very little vibrato) in her upper register was perfectly employed in the soaring melodies of the space-age sonic environment Gibb created for her. "Guilty" represents a tremendous collaborative achievement by two major artists and should not be dismissed by younger generations as a mere novelty of its time.