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Barbra Streisand - Walls
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Barbra Streisand - Walls
Nobody had expected 76 year old Barbra Streisand to release one of 2018's most poignant and potent political records, but she has done even more than that.

With Walls, her first album of predominantly new material in well over a decade, she makes a clear point while showing that she is still a radio worthy, chart topping sensation who can move heart and mind simultaneously.

Although she cleverly never mentions Donald Trump within the album which references openly fake news, lies and greed, Walls is a powerful musical weapon against the US President. With a fire clear lit within her heart, she makes a bold and brilliant move in speaking out and encouraging her dedicated fanbase to think twice when heading to the polls. With the album leaning more towards contemporary pop, the orchestral Better Angels and fiery operatic rock of Don't Lie To Me demonstrate an artist who has time and again defied expectations, and who even today at 76 is still pushing forward into new terrains to make her sound appeal to a wider audience.

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While the covers included within the confines of Walls are cleverly selected, the R&B tinge of What The World Needs No and mash-up of John Lennon's Imagine and Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World are intelligently delivered, it is the empowering Happy Days Are Here Again that comes close to stealing the show.

However, it is lead single Don't Lie To Me that shines the brightest. With inspired lyrics, a bite in her town and a striking radio relevance, this is one of Streisand's finest singles.

Walls is an inspiring release that will hopefully make her listeners think twice.

Barbra Streisand - Walls, 2nd November 2018, 14:02 PM