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Idina Menzel is an actress/ singer/songwriter who is probably best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba in the Broadway musical “Wicked,” and as Maureen in “Rent,” for which she earned a Tony nomination. She released her first CD, “Still I Can't Be Still,” in 1998 and “Here” in 2004. Neither album took off right away but both sold in good numbers. Now, Menzel has come out with her third and most successful CD yet, “I Stand.”

The album has 10 songs, nine of which Menzel co-wrote. It has a soft rock yet modern feel that you might hear on any ­music network. The album, produced by Glen Ballard, was ­released to rave reviews and placed 58th on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

The first two singles, “Brave” and “I Stand,” are rock ballads that document Menzel's coming into her own and breaking out in the world. ­Other tracks include “Gorgeous,” which was first released as a single on iTunes last fall, and “Where Do I Begin,” a ballad she wrote for her husband, actor Taye Diggs.

The songs cover themes of struggle, strife, and love, and are all made unique with fantastic riffs, wrapped in Menzel's flawless rock-and-roll voice. Her ­other two ­albums pale in comparison, and her fans will agree that this one best showcases her talent as a songwriter.

All in all, I give “I Stand” two thumbs up. It shows that a true performer can break her Broadway shell and still come out successful.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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kristinn1229 said...
Sept. 29, 2010 at 9:11 am
I am a huge fan of Idina.  Her music is amazing!   The song is very inspiring to me and is worth listening too!
 
Jaquie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm
I'm a major Idina fan! Great job with the review!
God bless,
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CriticalReview said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 4:56 am
I'm a huge Idina fan, and while your review gave a lot of information about the CD, I would have really liked to have heard more about what you thought of it.
 
cabeyx3 said...
Feb. 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm
great review of the album! I love Idina as well.
 
myturntobebrave said...
Dec. 15, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Thanks so much for your review of this wonderful artist! She rocks!
 
BroadwayBaby167 said...
Oct. 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm
I absolutely LOVE Idina Menzel! She is one of my idols! Although, I wish you had mentioned the she was not only nominated, but won a Tony for her role in Wicked. Also, in my opinion, Broadway is the most difficult form of performing for many reasons, so I see no need for her to leave it behind, and she continues to be one of Broadway's leading ladies.
Anyway, all in all, great review of her album!
 
jenniferlovescandy said...
Oct. 2, 2008 at 11:01 pm
AHH! I love Idina Menzel!!!!!!! :D
 
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