Barbra Streisand releases the new album “Walls”

By on October 11, 2018

Her upcoming album “Walls” released on November 2 via Columbia Records. On the new album, Streisand returns to songwriting and it is also her first album, mainly consisting of original songs since 2005.

On “Walls”, the award-winning singer addresses social issues and values she has believed, talked about and fought for throughout her life. She explores both her anxiety and her hope for the future in a timeless collection of songs filled with beautiful melodies and thoughtful texts. The album also contains some classic songs in new vintage: “Imagine”, “What a Wonderful World” and “What The World Needs Now”.

Album tracks “What’s On My Mind”, “Do not Lie To Me” and “The Rain Will Fall” are all about important social issues that Streisand is committed to. Throughout her career as a singer, actress, film director, producer, writer and songwriter has her social involvement and activism been constantly present and permeated her work.

On the album, Streisand has collaborated with Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster, who all three won Grammys for the Producer of the Year, as well as the songwriter Desmond Child, who was written in 2008 in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. The text of the prominent title track “Walls” is also specifically written for the album by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, two well-known songwriters who are also enrolled in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and have worked with Streisand on many of her previous songs.

Streisand is the only artist in history to succeed in getting an album number one six years in a row. Of all her albums, 52 sold Gold, 31 sold Platina and 13 sold Multiplatina. She is the only woman who has entered the list of the top 10 best-selling artists throughout the ages and the only female artist with no less than 34 albums that landed on the Top 10 on the US top lists.

Of all female artists, Streisand is also the one who has achieved the most album number ones in Billboard’s history. She is widely recognized as an icon of her performances, she has won two Oscars, ten Grammy’s including two special Grammy, five Emmys and no less than eleven Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. By 2015, President Barack Obama awarded her the premier civilian award you can get in the United States, the President’s Freedom Medal. She had already received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton in 2000, as well as France’s prestigious Legion of Honor.

Song list “Walls”:

1.What’s On My Mind
2.Don’t Lie To Me
3.Imagine / What A Wonderful World
5.Lady Liberty
6.What The World Needs Now
7.Better Angels
8.Love’s Never Wrong
9.The Rain Will Fall
10.Take Care Of This House
11.Happy Days Are Here Again

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music