Album Review: Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel

idinamenzelTitle: Holiday Wishes

Artist: Idina Menzel

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition ofHoliday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.

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

Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Mothers Spiritual

My Review:
I love everything Idina Menzel does. Broadway, movies, music. You name it. So when the opportunity to review her new holiday album came up, I jumped at the chance.
Christmas is my favorite time of year. The snow, the hot chocolate, the food and especially the music. I love all of the traditions that come every December. Many of the songs on this album are ones I’ve loved for years and a few of the songs were new to me. I’m guessing they were written for Idina and this album. They were good but not my favorites. I love Idina’s voice and she did well with all the songs on this album but one song I absolutely detested was All I want for Christmas is You. It wasn’t anything against Idina, but that song irritates me. I used to have to listen to another artist sing it over and over again at a store I worked at many years ago. Since then I’ve never cared for that song regardless of who sings it. It somehow always becomes a staple in Christmas albums. One of my favorites on this album was Baby It’s Cold Outside. It was a duet Idina did with Michael Buble and his voice is so soothing it reminds me at times of Frank Sinatra.

While it’s not the best Christmas album I’ve listened to, I liked this album and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Christmas music. I will definitely listen to this album again and again. I could listen to Idina sing all day long.

*I received a digital copy of this album to review from the One2One Network, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

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