MUSIC: GOING FOR THE RAFTERS

THREE BIG STARS INDULGE IN SOME OLD-FASHIONED SING-YOUR-HEART-OUT EMOTING. BETTER BRING A MOP

Sometimes--like, say, after you've heard that horrifically Day-Glo song Barbie Girl for the 1,651st time on the radio--you just want to hear an old-fashioned song song. The kind where the singer actually sings, the melody actually has a melody, and the whole thing builds gradually, powerfully, inevitably, and crests with a big golden payoff note. Three new albums would seem to be aimed at that need: Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love (550 Music), vocal power lifter Michael Bolton's All That Matters (Columbia) and Barbra Streisand's Higher Ground (Columbia). These performers are of differing ages, but they are all...

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