Disclaimer: I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.
I am strictly opposed to Christmas music before Thanksgiving (one holiday at a time, please!), but when I was given the opportunity to review Tony Award-winning actor/singer Idina Menzel's new album, Holiday Wishes, I had to make an exception. Because, you know, I love her. While I've never had the privilege of seeing her in a Broadway production, I am a fan of Menzel from Frozen (she is the voice of Elsa) and Glee, where she plays the talented mother of main character Rachel Berry.
Menzel reworks a dozen holiday numbers, including several classics:
- 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 is You
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
- December Prayer
- When You Wish Upon a Star
- Silent Night
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- White Christmas
Of course I was already a fan of Menzel's melodious voice, so the fact that I love this album is no surprise. I suppose I would describe it as...smooth. I know most of the words, so I can sing along, which is kind of a must when it comes to Christmas music. I've been listening to it while I work, and it's got a nice vibe to it. Upbeat, but not distracting.
My absolute favorite track on Holiday Wishes is "Baby It's Cold Outside." Menzel and Buble together are chillingly perfect.
Want a little sneak listen? Check out this album trailer!
Holiday Wishes is available on iTunes and Amazon.
If you're looking for a little something to get you in the holiday spirit, or want something new to add to your Christmas music rotation, Holiday Wishes is an ideal choice.