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I Stand

4.6 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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Already a star on Broadway, the charismatic Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked) is ready to star on album. To make that happen, she has enlisted the man responsible for launching, or continuing the phenomenal careers of, other recent major female artists. Glen Ballard, best known for Alanis Morissette's 16-times-platinum Jagged Little Pill and who has worked with Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Annie Lennox and Celine Dion, produced and co-wrote all but one of the songs on I Stand with Menzel. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand].
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000Z8R2VW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Famous for creating the role of bisexual performance artist Maureen Johnson in "Rent" as well as for her Tony Award winning triumph in "Wicked," Idina Menzel has been principally known as a performer of the stage and screen. However, she has been active as a singer/songwriter since those early "Rent" days and has three albums of her own material. "I Stand," however, provides her first real chance of gaining vast exposure as a solo artist. The album debuted at #58 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart.

Those who cherish Menzel for her glass-shattering vocal range will find much to appreciate here with the chugging, widescreen title track, replete with powerful lyrics and a life-affirming message, or "Better To Have Loved," a passionate ode to lack of regret in an unpredictable world. Producer and co-writer Glen Ballard, best known for helping Alanis Morissette unleash her inner warrior woman on 1995's landmark "Jagged Little Pill," however, hands Menzel a double-edged sword - her sound here is sweetened and ripe for mainstream audiences, but some of her unique, quirky personality that informed 1998's "Still I Can't Be Still" and 2004's lo-fi "Here" EP is lost in the shuffle. Granted, the former album had some oddball lyrics and embarrassingly dated production for a late '90s effort, but Menzel sounded like herself and no one else. Nevertheless, that album made no dent in the marketplace, so it's hard to fault Ballard for helping Menzel channel her creativity in a more marketable fashion, and the results, if not revolutionary, are rich, vibrant and entertaining.

"Gorgeous" yields a joyous, effervescent melody and pearls of wisdom in its philosophic sentiments, and "Brave," like the title track, is wholly inspiring without stooping to hackneyed, maudlin sentiments.
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I've been a fan of Idina since she starred in "Rent" back in the 90's. Loved her in "Wicked", and found her delightful in "Enchanted". When I heard she was releasing a new album, I had to check it out. The preview I heard was wonderful, but it doesn't even compare to the full product.

"I Stand" is an amazing collection of truly gorgeous songs. After the first 30 seconds of the title track, I was hooked. That is quickly followed by my other personal favorite, "Better to Have Loved", where the spectacular quality of her voice only adds to the truth of the words. (Haven't we all felt that way at one point in our lives?) The first single, "Brave" is heartfelt and inspirational.

I recommend this cd for all the Idina fans out there, as well as anyone who wants a superb music experience.
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Idina Menzel has an amazing voice, and this CD is only the next best thing in her repertoire. She has a very relaxed voice, like that of a lounge singer, however, her quality is amazing. This is her 2nd CD that I have, and I enjoyed this one better than the first one. Very Sara McLaughlin-like. I bought it as a gift for a friend of mine, but had to listen to it before I gave it away, and buy one for myself.
If you have not heard her sing before, check out her other music such as Wicked and Rent... did I mention, she's also beautiful!
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I have been an Idina Menzel fan for a while now and I've been eagerly awaiting the release of "I stand". I was not disappointed. "I stand" includes some of Idina's best work yet. There is not one really bad track on this cd. Here are my thoughts on the cd:

1.I stand-5/5 I fell in love with this song when Idina premiered it on the "Wake up with Whoopi" radio show towards the end oflast year. It's a great kind of anthem song and very well written

2.Better to have loved- 5/5 My favorite song on the album. I love the beginning of this song and the chorus. It's a great song to blare very loudly on your stereo

3.Brave- 4/5 It's a great song but I don't think I connected with it as much as other people have. It's still a good song and one for when you're afraid to do something. "I might be afraid but it's my turn to be brave".

4.Gorgeous- 5/5 A great song about not caring what others think of your relationship. It's a great song about Taye Diggs and Idina because I know that their relationship has come under attack in the past.

5.Where do I begin-4/5 It's a beautiful song and it's written about Taye. I liked the song when she sang it early in 2007 at a Josh Groban concert. But I think that on this album it kind of gets overshadowed by the other songs.

6.Don't let me down-5/5 Another great song. It's got a great beat and great lyrics co-written by James Blunt

7.I feel everything- 5/5 Fantastic song! Idina recently talked about how she wrote this song after her and Taye had a fight and it became this big thing of "I feel everything". I love the lyrics "Like a prima ballerina, I tiptoe, tiptoe around you constantly.

8. Forever- 4/5 A great kind of break-up song about a relationship that was thought to last doesn't.
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By Josh on February 6, 2008
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What an amazing vocalist. I did not know much about her prior to purchasing this CD but, I love, love, love it! What a great voice with very strong melodies and lyrics. This CD is pleasing from start to finish. Not only does Idina have a unique voice she also has a broad range of song types. Everything from up-tempo to ballads.

There is not one song on this set that I skip over when I listen to it daily. My favorite songs include: her first single "Gorgeous" - a very, melodic up-beat song with a great hook. "Better To Have Loved" is another song that grabs your attention. Her vocals shine on this song and takes on a more pop/rock form. "I Stand" is a brilliant and empowering song with great lyrics that forces you to listen to every lyric. AMAZING! "My Own Worst Enemy" is a slower song that she sings with such conviction and is very radio friendly.

This is a CD that must be in everyone's collection. A perfect blend of music that shows that there is much more out there besides the Britney's and Lindsay's of the world. A class act!

~~~JAC 08'
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