Defying Gravity: The Essential Idina Menzel on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
08 Mar 2014

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"I Stand" (2008 solo album)

Idina Menzel's 2008 solo album, "I Stand," can be looked at as something of a follow-up to her first album, "Still I Can't Be Still." Ten years later, she continued to work in a pop vein reminiscent of Alanis Morissettte's "Jagged Little Pill" — even collaborating with Glen Ballard, the producer of Morissettte's groundbreaking album. The best tracks, though, are the songs by James Blunt, "Don't Let Me Down" and "Perfume And Promises." I'm also partial to the rhythmic "Gorgeous," emotional "Brave" and an irresistible club remix of "Defying Gravity."