Idina Menzel: `I stand’

idina-menzel.jpgArtist name: Idina Menzel
Album name: I Stand
Label: Warner Brothers
Gender: Pop
Release date: January 29, 2008
ZMErating: 8 and 1/2
Website: www.idinamenzel.com


Already a star on Broadway, Idina is here to pleasure us with an album. Before anything else is said it must be mentioned that she has enlisted very talented veteran Glen Ballard, best known for his work with Alanis Morissette’s 16-times-platinum Jagged Little Pill; he has also worked with the likes of Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Annie Lennox and Celine Dion and he produced and co-wrote almost every song here.This album is an unexpected and very pleasant entry in the pop stage, which appeared to be monopolized by some titanic figures. If it has to be characterized in just a sentence, that sentence pretty much this way: a short collection of truly gorgeous songs with a nice message.

Idina is a terrific singer, and I was awed by the things she can do with her voice; and it sounds so genuine. After the first 20-30 seconds of the album you will probably be hooked to it even if you’re not a pop fan. I know I’m not and strangely enough it made me listen to more and more. But it all ends pretty much, that being the main downfall. With just 10 short tracks it just feels that it could be really majestic if it had a few more tunes. Her talent is obvious and she definitely set some high standards for herself and her Broadway skills helped her a lot establish a classic feel for the album; an album which talks about hope, faith, love, loss very deeply.Anyway this is recommended for all sorts of listeners as it is filled with various hooks and messages. Pop fans, Idina fans, or just those who want an enchanting and original musical experience, this is a great choice. A very pleasant surprise which shows a much needed dimension of today’s pop music.Tracklist:

  1. I Stand
  2. Better To Have Loved
  3. Brave
  4. Gorgeous
  5. Where Do I Begin?
  6. Don’t Let Me Down
  7. I Feel Everything
  8. Forever
  9. Enemy
  10. Perfume And Promises
  11. I Stand (Acoustic)
  12. Let Me Fall (unreleased)

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  • Anna

    I love this album and absolutely agree with every word you said. I have read many reviews critizing this album but in truth even if you hated this every reviewer was certain her talent was unmistakable and i recommend this album to anyone

  • Adrianna

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  • http://jonbonjovious.blogspot.com Jonbonjovious

    I love the lyrics and her enunciation is fabulous. There is great emotion in this album and really a song for any stage in your life. “I Stand” is one of my favorites. It just makes you want to revamp that list of what it is you truly stand for!

  • Barbra

    “I Stand,” is a wonderful album. With heartfelt statements like, “When all of the madness falls like rain (The song ‘Gorgeous’),” “ Where do I begin my love/Starting with the things I haven’t said enough of (‘Where Do I Begin’),” and, my personal favorite, “If this is the moment I stand here on my own/ If this is the right of passage that somehow leads me home/I might be afraid but it’s my turn to be brave (From the single ‘Brave’).” enjoys a beautiful voice, this album is a gift! From start to end, the album is a showcase of Menzel’s talent as a true songstress.

  • Mabbline Nichols

    I Love This!
    Idina Menzel, a Tony Award Winning Broadway Star for Rent in 1996 and another for Wicked in 2004 (and recently seen on screen in Enchanted), has made the leap from Broadway to music, which very few Broadway stars are able to do. Producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, who worked with rock and pop ranging from the Goo Goo Dolls and Shakira to Dave Matthews and Annie Lennox and of course, Alanis Morrissette co-wrote many of the songs with Menzel and help produce an excellant album.

    Idina is a terrific singer, and I was amazed by the ranges she can go with her voice. The music sounds genuine and like it comes from experience. Her talent is obvious and she definitely set some high standards for herself and others to follow. Her Broadway skills helped her show a classic side for this album.

    ‘I Stand’ marks Menzel’s third solo album and features some of the power ballads that you’d expect from the musicals that she’s been in. Menzel is bold, brassy and has a powerful voice with wide ranges to her notes. She has the ability to sound soft and sweet on one track and intense and emotional on the next. The album talks about hope, faith, love, and loss, and sounds like any one of the numbers could have been from a Broadway show.