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Idina Menzel, Holiday Wishes (Warner Bros Records)




Idina Menzel, Holiday Wishes (Warner Bros Records)
CD REVIEWS: November 20, 2014

11/20/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Idina Menzel, Holiday Wishes (Warner Bros Records)

No, seriously, I did request this album from PR, expecting it to be annoying, but not this annoying. Menzel was the original Maureen in Rent, and you’ve heard her being fabulous as the Snow Queen in the Frozen animated movie, so with credentials like that you had to know a goopy, overproduced holiday record was coming sooner or later. She’s the millennium’s version of Celine Dion, this one, with her loud, big-ass mezzo soprano voice, sounding like a giant toddler screeching for strained peas when she squeezes her throat to engage her Patti Labelle impersonation, a part of her shtick I really can’t stand and hadn’t been exposed to prior to this LP. Mostly just ho-ho-ho standards here, kicking off with “Do You Hear What I Hear,” which as you may or may not know is one of my least favorite carols, but I let it play through, hoping she’d start going all “Heart Will Go On” and maybe I’d soften to shed a healthy tear as catharsis for all my overwork, but no, just a few rudimentary hip-hop moves and soon enough we’re at a truly hateful duet with Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in which they project all the sex appeal of Granny Clampett and Fred Sanford. D Eric W. Saeger





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