Idina Menzel - Holiday Wishes (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 554 mb | MP3 320 kbps CBR ~ 357 mb | Scans included | 48 min
Pop, Vocal Jazz, Holiday | Label: Warner Bros. | Rel: 2014
The album, produced by Walter Afansieff, who co-produced Barbra Streisand's latest hit album (and several others in the past) and many of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey's 1990's hits, features a nice mix of secular holiday songs, a couple of religious ones, and a few covers of songs that aren't necessarily holiday-themed but fit in nicely. The arrangements are quite good in general. A few, as is typical of anything Afansieff is involved with, can get overly produced and saccharine, but Idina's amazing iconic voice is fortunately never fighting to be heard over them. (A testament not only to her talent, but also the sound mixers on this CD, who didn't allow her to be drowned out by the production.) Arrangements range from contemporary pop ballad styles such as "The Christmas Song" that would feel at home on Celine Dion's Christmas album from 1998 to more classic and timeless arrangements such as "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "December Prayer," the album's sole original, co-written by Idina.