Thursday, November 20, 2014

Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes: Review

Holiday Wishes is a sweet album filled with classics, old and new, as well as her own original song “December Prayer”. This easy listening album would be great for a christmas get together, while cooking your Christmas Cookies, or doing the chores that happen around the holidays. It is very Christmas-centric despite the title of “Holidays” so it may not work for those of you celebrating Chanukah, or Kwanza.

We all know Idina Menzel from the instant classic, Rent. Oh, and of course from her show stopping performance as Elphaba in the broadway musical Wicked. Some of you dont? Okay, okay she is probably most widely known for her role as Elsa in the Disney motion picture, Frozen. Which has seemingly taken the country by storm. Ice Storm.

Okay, I’ll show myself out.

Idina Menzel is known for her clear crisp voice. It is high quality, makes me wonder why she hasn’t released more studio albums. Her voice is beautiful and perfect for that contemporary crowd. The kind that love Michael Buble (who does a duet with her in Holiday Wishes).

Holiday Wishes Track Listing:

Do You Hear What I Hear

The Christmas Song

Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

All I Want For Christmas
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
December Prayer

When You Wish Upon A Star

Silent Night


Holly Jolly Christmas

White Christmas

Despite saying “Holiday Wishes” almost all of Idina’s musical selections are Christmas tunes with a few exceptions for holiday tunes. I had hoped there would be a few more exceptions on there, for example, Jewish songs that encompass the time of year.

My favorite two songs on the album are Joni Mitchell’s “The River”, and the only original song, “December Prayer”. They are hands down the best sung pieces, beautifully done. Tasteful and in an arrangement that makes you want to hit repeat over and over again.

That is not to say that any song is less than good, Idina’s voice is amazing and she brings her talent to each and every classic, or new classic song. From “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” To “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Listening to this album reminds me of the kind of music my Granny would have loved, and it brings back all those memories of family Christmas. If she were still here with us, it is certainly a gift I would give her.

Holiday Wishes is a great compilation with a talented voice behind it.

Pick it up today!

Where to Buy:

* iTunes:
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* Official Idina Menzel website:
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