Defying Gravity: The Essential Idina Menzel on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
08 Mar 2014

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"Still I Can't Be Still" (1998 solo album)

Menzel's 1998 debut solo album failed to sell as many copies as her later albums, but this has to be at least partially credited to her later increased exposure. If in 1998, Menzel was as of yet only known from Rent, she was already a vocal presence to be reckoned with. "Still I Can't Be Still," with its frank, conversational lyrics and pleasingly peppy bass-driven beats, fits in comfortably among similar pop records of the time period, including Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill," Jewel's "Pieces Of You" and Natalie Imbruglia's "Left of the Middle." Particularly enjoyable tracks are "Follow If You Lead" and "Minuet," which was also released as a single and a video featuring Taye Diggs.