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Debating Streisand

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Forty-five years after her first number-one single, Barbra Streisand's new CD, "Love is the Answer," debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart, beating out Mariah Carey, Madonna and Paramore. In this week's Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate the singer and actor's place in the music world. Also: Bryce and Aaron Dessner of indie rock band The National preview their evening-length multimedia work "The Long Count."

Streisand Smackdown

Having sold 140 million albums and won an armful of Grammys, Barbra Streisand has just released her first ¬full-length studio session in four years. Featuring her trademark romantic-ballad treatment on 13 well-known standards, it opened at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. While fans say Babs sings like buttah ...

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The Brothers Dessner

With the rock band The National, Bryce and Aaron Dessner earned critical acclaim. With the Red Hot compilation "Dark Was the Night," the twin brothers gathered pop and indie rock stars for an AIDS awareness project. Now, they're dipping their toes into classical waters. The Dessners join us to talk ...

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