Friday, August 2, 2013

"What Kind of Fool" by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0479
Date:  01/31/1981
Debut:  72
Peak:  10
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Still riding the wave of her hit #1 album "Guilty," Streisand along with Gibb followed up the LP's title-track single (#3) with this duet. The song also hit #1 on the AC chart becoming her seventh song to reach that summit. No one would have predicted it at the time, but this would be Streisand's last Top 10 appearance for 15 years.

ReduxReview:  Although not as great as "Guilty," this quiet ballad is still terrific with the build in the bridge being the best part. I think that lone, high Streisand note is what really sold this song. Expertly co-written and produced by Gibb.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The first three singles from Streisand's "Guilty" album all hit Top 10, including the #1 "Woman In Love." This marks the first and only time in her recording career that she was able to achieve this feat.


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