Idina Menzel – Christmas Wishes (2014/2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Idina Menzel – Christmas Wishes (2014/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:37 minutes | 599 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Warner Bros.

Holiday Wishes, also titled Christmas Wishes, is a Christmas holiday album by American singer-songwriter and actress Idina Menzel. The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. It is Menzel’s fourth studio album to date, as well as her first in six years, and features a duet with Michael Bublé.

Frozen opened the doors for Holiday Wishes, a seasonal album from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel. Without the 2013 Disney blockbuster, Menzel may have cut a Christmas record, but certainly Frozen’s success meant that Holiday Wishes arrived to the biggest potential audience she’d ever have, so it’s not a surprise the record plays it safe. Save for the presence of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which is now the closest thing to a new holiday standard, and perhaps the shoehorning of “When You Wish Upon a Star” into the Christmas theme, there are no surprises here, not in the choice of songs, not in the old-fashioned arrangements, not even in the choice of Michael Bublé as the duet partner for a de rigueur “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Unsurprising though it may be, Holiday Wishes nevertheless is satisfying because producer Walter Afanasieff commits to his Christmas classicism, as does Menzel. Everything here sparkles with the gleam of freshly fallen snow: it’s big, bright, and so stubbornly out of fashion that it’d never go out of style.

01 – Do You Hear What I Hear
02 – The Christmas Song
03 – Baby It’s Cold Outside (duet with Michael Bublé)
04 – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
05 – All I Want For Christmas Is You
06 – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
07 – December Prayer
08 – When You Wish Upon A Star
09 – Silent Night
10 – River
11 – Holly Jolly Christmas
12 – White Christmas