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Still I Can't Be Still
     

Still I Can't Be Still

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by Idina Menzel
 
Idina Menzel may be a Broadway star, but her solo album Still I Can't Be Still is not the typical collection of old show tunes usually delivered by those who trod the boards on the Great White Way. Of course, as a star of Rent, the rock musical about life on the Lower East Side dealing with issues like AIDS and drug abuse, Menzel isn't exactly coming at

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Idina Menzel may be a Broadway star, but her solo album Still I Can't Be Still is not the typical collection of old show tunes usually delivered by those who trod the boards on the Great White Way. Of course, as a star of Rent, the rock musical about life on the Lower East Side dealing with issues like AIDS and drug abuse, Menzel isn't exactly coming at her solo career like another Ethel Merman. Instead, she co-writes all of her original songs with bassist Milton Davis (that may help explain why the bass is so loud), and they are set to synth rock arrangements. Menzel sounds like she grew up listening to Prince and Madonna, and lately has been wearing out Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Such influences not only bring out her R&B-based contemporary rock sound, but also her forthright lyrical approach. She steps out right at the start in "Minuet," a song in which a woman discusses with her lover whether they should move in together. "Will I piss you off 'cause I don't cook," she worries, but then reflects, "The sex lasts for hours/You want me more the less I shower." Too much information? If so, the listener has been warned that Menzel isn't afraid to, as she puts it in the final song, wear her "Heart on My Sleeve," though, actually, that's not the half of it. In "All of the Above," she suggests to her lover that they visit a sex accessories store and promises, "I can be...your dominatrix (in your parent's bed)." In "Straw into Gold," she worries about losing her appeal as she ages, noting, "My womb is a rush-hour taxi ride." Not all of her lyrics are so sexually uninhibited, but they are usually emotionally uninhibited, and Menzel sings them in a powerful voice. In the wake of Morissette, this may be the female empowerment of the future; in any case, Menzel makes clear that she won't be content only singing other people's show tunes.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2004
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0720616208828
catalogNumber:
5637328551

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Performance Credits

Idina Menzel   Primary Artist
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Milton Davis   Bass
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Glenn Stewart   Background Vocals
Kofi Burbridge   Flute,Keyboards
Valentina Charlap-Evans   Viola
Susan Seligman   Cello
Pop Rox   Percussion
Gabriel Gordon   Guitar
Jonathan Kahan   Violin

Technical Credits

Neal Avron   Engineer
Milton Davis   Producer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Lil John Roberts   Programming
Florian Ammon   Producer
James Bevelle   Programming
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Jason Stasium   Engineer

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Still I Can't Be Still 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Newyorkgirl89 More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Idina Menzel since I was about nine, and so being able to find her debut album was the icing on my cake, seeing as I got this the day after my twentieth birthday. Definately one of the best cds I've ever listened too.