Butterfly - Barbra Streisand
- Genre: Vocal
- Release Date: 1986-06-24
- Explicitness: notExplicit
- Country: USA
- Track Count: 10
- ℗ 1974 Sony Music Entertainment
Butterfly - Barbra Streisand Tracks
Butterfly - Barbra Streisand User Reviews
Barbra can sing anything she wants. She never sounded better. The arrangements are top notch. especially "Life On Mars". Don't be a hater just buy it and enjoy!
By Ingram Family
Not her best I mean it's not bad but its still not something I would listen to
The album is exceptional in that it's gentleness belies the heavy issues it deals such as the death of a grandmother "Grandma's Hands" and the impending end of a relationship, "Crying Time". Overall, the songs are delivered with a sweet, sincerity that Streisand would lose a bit in later albums as the production values would take over and her voice would become less the main instrument pushing the song. Basically, you can take this album at face value. It's not trying to be anything it isn't and thus comes across like comfort food for the soul. An album you can return to again and again.
Definitely have be included as the best album of her career. The mix of rhythms makes this recording a piece of art. From Reggae to Rock, Barbra Streisand defies any possible gravity, if there is any, in music.
Not A Favorite
By a song 4u
Barbra does David Bowie, she intreprets "Life On Mars," you have to be a fan to enjoy it. Her cover of Ray Charles' "Crying Time" is good, I prefer the duet between them over this solo version, Bob Marley doesn't suit her at all, I find "Guava Jelly" simply annoying. Barbra was overdubbed to supply backing and harmony vocals and the overdubbing doesn't work well, it seems she wasn't wearing headphones during the overdubbing sessions and the backing vocals are scattered. A redeeming song for me is Paul Williams' "I Won't Last A Day Without You" recorded after the Carpenters scored a hit with it, Barbra's version distances it from the Carpenters intepretation in both arrangement and vocal delivery. The mastering is quite good, the accoustic guitars sound clean and even though this project was mis-directed, thanks to Clive Davis and Jon Peters, Barbra's maturing vocals are well recorded. Barbra was headed into another direction while recording what ultimately became this lp, for a glimpse of what she was up to, the outtakes from these sessions can be heard on "For The Record."
Is that Barbra on the cover?
By Marlboro Guy
One of the lesser known and, certainly less revered albums in the career catalogue of this great singer. As with much of Streisand's output from the late 60's into the early mid 70's, this album suffers from some odd songs written by songwriters ill suited to the vocalist. Some strong arrangements from Tom Scott can be found here, but still can't quite propel this album to the level of three stars, especially when one compares this release to many of her others.
Without a doubt one of my favorite Streisand albums of all time
By Ducky Dre
The songs are upbeat and make you feel the simplicity and rawness of the seventies all at once. My ultimate favorites are "Grandma's Hands", "Love in the Afternoon", "Jubilation" and "Guava Jelly". Her version of the great "Crying Time" is fun also. Streisand is one of life's greatest musical talents and her ability to reflect the times in which she sings (spanning more than 40 years now) make her a true storyteller and recorder of our American decades. This album is nothing short of BUTTAH!
In this album you hear Streisand's maturing vocal chords. Love in the Afternoon & Let the Good Times Roll are great tracks. Life on Mars was actually very good too, though I don't care too much for Streisand attempts at Rock Music.
By Run Lola Run
David Bowie has let many people sing his music. And they, for the most part, have done a pretty good job. But why let Barbra Streisand do "Life On Mars". Nothing wrong with Streisand, but her doing a Bowie song doesn't seem right.