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Idina MenzelAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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For Idina Menzel, attaining a new level of artistic freedom required a little help from a two-year-old. The beloved Broadway star, best known for her work in Rent, her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the green-faced Wicked Witch of the West, in Wicked and her recurring role in the hit TV series Glee, has spent much of the past two years crisscrossing the country, headlining sold out ... Read more in Amazon's Idina Menzel Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zel Records
  • ASIN: B0001LAR0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here
2. You'd Be Surprised
3. If I Told You
4. Penny
5. Once Upon A Time
6. So Beautiful

Editorial Reviews

From the Artist

I was born in New York City to Stuart and Helene Mentzel (no that's not a spelling mistake). I took out the t because everyone always pronounces it wrong. Now it's like Menzelle - like French, but not.

We moved from Queens to New Jersey but by the 2nd grade we settled in Woodbury, Long Island, where I lived until I went to NYU. I always knew I wanted to sing. I was 5 and in summer camp where we were singing "Cat's in the Cradle" and I was somehow harmonizing by accident; all of the counselors made a big deal. Later I brought down the house in this talent show where I performed "The Way We Were" with the biggest Long Island accent you've ever heard (I'm still made fun of today for that). Coincidentally, in the 5th grade I was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" and Mabel in "The Pirates of Penzance" - the latter was pretty challenging for elementary school. I went to a voice teacher when I was 8 and I sang some songs from "Annie" and she said I was screaming so much that she didn't want me to hurt myself, so she took me on.

By the time I got to Syosset High School, I was cast as 60-year old nettie in "Carousel"; our director felt that my voice sounded the most mature. At that time, I was studying classically with Mr. Arnold but found myself wanting to listen to and imitate R&B singers: Aretha, Chaka Kahn, Etta James and the list goes on.

Instead of working at the local delicatessen, I auditioned for a wedding band, lied about my age and got hired as the lead singer. I had to buy a black cocktail dress and learn everything from jazz to rock to motown. I started writing my own songs and when I got to NYU, I focused less on class and more on trying to get a record deal and keep my own band together which isn't a very easy thing to do when you have very little money and no name. Then on a whim, I auditioned for a show called "Rent" which I thought would fit perfectly into my calendar being that January and February are slow months for weddings. But that year, December 1995 New Year's Eve was my final wedding gig at the Four Seasons in Philly.

"Rent" went to Broadway and I had a new, wonderful family. The show allowed me the opportunity to record my own album and tour with it. I played at Lillith Fair, started working on a second album, got dropped by my record label, cried a lot and then went right back to the theater where I have always felt so comfortable. I was in a fabulous show called "The Wild Party," by Andrew Lippa and got to be on stage with my (now) husband whom, as some of you may know, I met in "Rent."

Since then I 've been trying to go wherever the water is warm; whether it be music or theater or film, I'm just trying to do what I love. One day I heard about a new musical based on the book "Wicked", so I put on green lipstick and smokey black eye shadow and went to audition for the green girl. I got the project and I've been working on it ever since (almost 3 years). And now I 'm living in one of the sweetest times of my life. Just the sweetest.

Thanks for caring. xoxo, Idina.

Customer Reviews

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She can do so much better. August 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong- I'm a HUGE Idina fan. She's been one of my faves ever since she first released Still I Can't Be Still in 1998. This album has been a long time coming, and I've loved hearing her perform her new material live at small venues in New York. But I have to say, this CD was disappointing. I felt the six she chose were far too similar in quality- quiet, heartfelt, mellow selections from her WIDE repertoire of songs written since her debut album. The songs are all very nice, but she is capable of so much more- steamy blues, dangerously emotional pieces, humorous lyrics, upbeat songs- and none of that is really showcased here. If the mellow songs on this CD had been interspersed with songs like "Jealous", "It Only Hurts When I Breathe", and "Winter," it would be a wonderful collection that really showcased her talents. Either she's capitalizing on her success in Wicked by trying to appeal to that same audience with these adult contemporary ballads, or she's simply matured beyond youthful, energetic outbursts of love, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and hope that this fan misses on this album.

If you're already an Idina fan, Here is worth the $12. If you're unfamiliar with her, I recommend first tracking down a copy of Still I Can't Be Still or, better yet, her live performances at Joe's Pub and other locales.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece May 20, 2004
By "bwayd"
Format:Audio CD
Idina Menzel's new release proves to have a new, more uplifting tone than her debut, "Still I can't be Still." However fans of her original work will find this piece pleasing. Idina has a new, brighter sound and a more simple band behind her, that basically consists of acoustic basses and guitars along with the piano, and ocassinally some simple percussion. Once again, uses beautiful lyrics, drawn from life experience and real situations in her songs. The melodies are soothing, and show a soft side of Idina's voice. Her voice complements the music beautifully, and we see that she is capable of more than just belting. One thing that makes this cd so touching is Idina's ability to portray emotion in her voice. While listening to songs like "Here" and "If I told You" one couldn't help but feel a bit lifted.
Fans of the self-deprecating lyrics showcased her debut album will be able to find the same attitude in "Penny." And while Idina has a new unique sound on this album, it seems more accessible to the mainstream, and one is guarunteed to find something on the album that will make it worth buying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By TheDecn
Format:Audio CD
I just returned from a trip to New York where I had the distinct pleasure of enjoying a performace of Wicked. I'd bought the soundtrack prior and listened many times in anticipation, but it didn't hit me until I saw the show live how absolutely amazing Idina's voice is. "Here" is further proof of her unbelievable talent. While her gigantic voice brought tears to my eyes during Wicked, this brilliant and all-to-short set of tunes proves she has an equally emotional softer side. I eagerly anticpate this wonderfully talented woman's next (and hopefully longer) release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last... More Idina! May 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have been eagerly awaiting Idina Menzel's next CD since Still I Can't Be Still came out. Her clear, soulful voice makes me laugh and also has tugs at the heartstrings -- clearly this girl is a Broadway girl.
The six songs featured on this EP offer just a taste of what Idina is capable of. I'm familiar with a couple of songs from live performances that Idina has done and am pleased to see they made the cut.
There are only two factors that prevent me from rating this CD a full five stars. First and foremost, after all this time, I was hoping for a full-length album. So I'm a bit disappointed. Secondly, the songs don't have the same professional sheen that SICBS did. It's also clear that this is a happier, more settled Idina. There are no dark, scary songs like Larissa's Lagoon here.
All in all, I'm thrilled to see another Idina CD for sale... but it makes me want more. Here's hoping she doesn't wait another five years to release an album!
Aaron Mullins
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of it April 18, 2006
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In the last month, I've become a huge Idina Menzel fan. Starting with RENT, then going to Wicked, then Still I can't be still, and now Here. This cd has no songs that are skip-worthy, I love them all. My only complaint is that it is way too short, I was left wanting more beautiful songs like the six songs that I had been listening to. The songs on "Here" are much softer than the songs on "Still I can't be still". Idina has obviously matured in the time between the two cds. "Here" is by far my favorite song on the cd. I've listened to that song so many times that I've lost count since I got the cd in the mail yesterday. "Penny" and "Once upon a time" also rate high on my list of favorites. So if you've seen Idina in the movie "RENT" and you are intrigued by her, "Here" is an excellent cd to buy. I hear Idina is working on a new cd, so while I eagerly wait for that, I'll be listening to "Here" and "Still I can't be still" constantly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She is just amazing... April 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd is so amazing! Idina has done it again: the lyrics to her music are incredible and her voice is indescribable. The only remote negative to this cd is that it is too short. I would love to hear her other original music on cd but this was enough for now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Why is this item not available.. This 2nd CD has some of the stuff that leads to" I stand", Songs spark emotions very nice CD glad I own one
Published 1 month ago by Sue Ann Facey
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great voice and song interpretation. Six songs is not enough.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you're a fan if Idina Menzel, this is a must have. Great cd, great songs. Great for any collection of Idina things.
Published 18 months ago by Sheronah-Hope Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I searched everywhere for this cd as it's no longer produced in the uk. I found a few that were $200 + so very expensive then I found this used copy from USA and it was priced very... Read more
Published on December 1, 2009 by Ms. L. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous easy listening
I really love this albumn, the only disappointment is its length - only 8 tracks. She has an amazing voice. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Ms. S. A. Costigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Here - Idina Menzel
I enjoy I.M's style of song and lyrics. I love it!! Looking forward to her next album - July 07 I believe. Unusual to have only 6 songs on an album though.... Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Kim Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN THE 1ST!!
HERE - BY IDINA MENZEL IS A MUCH BETTER CD THAN THE FIRST ONE. DON'T GET ME WRONG, THE 1ST CD IS GREAT, BUT THIS IS BETTER!!! Read more
Published on February 10, 2007 by Jennifer A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Idina
Here is an amazing album. Idina's voice is truly amazing, and the songs are wonderful, ranging from the sweet-toned You'd Be Surprised, to the more up-beat Planet Z. Read more
Published on January 13, 2007 by Jaclyn Hennessey
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD!
Idina Menzel has an amazing voice. I got this CD because i loved her on the Wicked and Rent CD's. If you have never heard Idina before I highly recommend listening to Wicked first. Read more
Published on July 3, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars soul
I'm a huge Idina fan and love all her work. I have all cd's she has made apperances from Genius and friends to Here. Of her solo albums I love them both. Read more
Published on May 28, 2006 by Jane
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