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Best known for her Broadway roles in Rent and Wicked, for which she earned a Tony award, Idina Menzel presents her third solo album, I Stand. Produced by pop mastermind Glen Ballard Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, the album presents Menzel's powerhouse vocals in urgent settings that are a perfect fit for her dramatic gifts. Our Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of the album features an intimate, acoustic version of the album's standout track, "Gorgeous."
All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Idina Menzel is not known for being a pop artist. Rather, she is most classically known for originating two modern Broadway dream roles: the outspoken lesbian...
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January 29, 2008 CD Originally released: 2008. Ex library copy. Moderate wear on CD/Case. (W2) Typical library, stampings, markings, stickers etc Please note CD Case is not the ... typical jewel case, but a heavy duty plastic jewel case! Read more Show Less

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Best known for her Broadway roles in Rent and Wicked, for which she earned a Tony award, Idina Menzel presents her third solo album, I Stand. Produced by pop mastermind Glen Ballard Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, the album presents Menzel's powerhouse vocals in urgent settings that are a perfect fit for her dramatic gifts. Our Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of the album features an intimate, acoustic version of the album's standout track, "Gorgeous."
All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Idina Menzel is not known for being a pop artist. Rather, she is most classically known for originating two modern Broadway dream roles: the outspoken lesbian Maureen in the long-running Rent, and the misunderstood Elphaba in Wicked, a role that garnered Menzel a Tony award. Throughout her musical theater career, Menzel attempted to capitalize on her fame and go for pop stardom; her first swing at bat was a frazzled alternative album that couldn't find a proper fan base, the second attempt was a collection of Broadway cover songs, something that never materialized into success. Thus, twelve years after Menzel first graced the stage as Maureen, Menzel releases I Stand. In order to create the perfect pop album, she drafted Glen Ballard, the producer best known for his work on the 16-times platinum Alanis Morisette album Jagged Little Pill. Along with Ballard, Menzel co-wrote most of the lyrics and created a set of pop songs for her most mainstream release yet. Ultimately, the result is a mixed bag. Menzel's voice is staunchly characteristic; it doesn't necessarily format to the catchy synthetics of 2007, and the songs feel inconsistent. "Where Do I Begin?" is awkward at times, as Menzel's musical roots funnel through. The tracks scatter between pop, adult contemporary, and Broadway. On that note, though, a lovely remix of the much acclaimed show tune "Defying Gravity" is pleasant on this collection of tunes. "Brave" is an empowering personal ballad which is a marvel; it's a better version of an American Idol finale song, minus the corny confetti. Plus, the dance track "Gorgeous" is a strong, upbeat number which flows in a similar vein to Kelly Clarkson's "You Found Me." Unfortunately, many of the tracks are impressive but not impressionable. "Forever," "My Own Worst Enemy," and "Better to Have Loved" are indistinguishable among one another. And at only 11-tracks long, Menzel really needed to make a stronger mark on the songs in order to impress a listener. Yet some tracks manage to characterize her better than others, "I Stand" is a personal tune that glistens with potential, and "Don't Let Me Down" is a piano-influenced, midtempo piece that appeals to both a younger and older crowd while maintaining artistic creativity. Finally, "Perfume and Promises" is the most "Menzel" track on the album; it characterizes her best. Ironically, she didn't even pen it, yet it dazzles and spins her voice into a weaving ballad of love and pain. Unfortunately, it is one of too few, and there isn't enough creative definition; Ballard smoothed out Menzel's edges too much, to the point where she falls into the crowd of solid yet insatiable artists who are pleasant, if not punching. Menzel deserves mounds and heaps of praise, and I Stand shows much potential in the big-voiced wonder; the tunes, however, don't support her talent and potential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624442325
  • Catalog Number: 44423

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Stand (3:39)
  2. 2 Better to Have Loved (3:58)
  3. 3 Brave (4:39)
  4. 4 Gorgeous (3:48)
  5. 5 Where Do I Begin (3:26)
  6. 6 Don't Let Me Down (3:43)
  7. 7 I Feel Everything (3:12)
  8. 8 Forever (3:52)
  9. 9 My Own Worst Enemy (4:33)
  10. 10 Perfume and Promises (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Idina Menzel Primary Artist
Randy Kerber Piano, Keyboards
Sean Hurley Bass
Joel Shearer Guitar
Zac Rae Piano, Keyboards
David Levita Guitar
Blair Sinta Drums
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Composer, Programming, Producer
Scott Campbell Programming, Engineer
Bill Malina Programming
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Peter-John Vettese Composer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Julian Peploe Art Direction
Dave Bassett Composer
Idina Menzel Composer
Zac Rae Programming
Brian Warwick Engineer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
Diarmuid Quinn Executive Producer
James Blunt Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is a great Cd

    I first heard Idina's voice as Eltheba, the wicked witch from "Wicked".Her version of "Gravity" gives me goosebumps and has helped through some very rough patches. "I Stand" is my ringback on my phone.This cd is a great showcase of her amazing vocal range.This is a great cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Stand by Idina Menzel

    Idina Menzel has a new album, &#8220 I Stand&#8221 . Idina sings beautifully. This album is incredible and very emotional. I love the real, and honest lyrics. Her songs are so deep, and have so much meaning. This is a fantastic album. Everyone should buy it! Idina Menzel is an American Tony Award winning actress, singer and songwriter who achieved fame for her performances as Maureen Johnson in the Broadway and film versions of Rent and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the musical Wicked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rave Reviews

    After hearing so much about Idina and her newly anticipated album, &quot I Stand&quot , I knew I had to have the cd. So I just have to say I was not disappointed. Idina's voice is amazing and hard to beat. Each song is different on it's own but put together on the album, a perfect fit. There is something on this album for everyone!

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