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Album Review

Heretofore, Broadway star Idina Menzel has not shown much interest in merging her stage career with her solo recording career, following her featured role in Rent, for instance, with Still I Can't Be Still, an album of original compositions in an Alanis Morissette mold. But after winning the Tony Award for her starring role in Wicked, she re-creates her signature song from that show, "Defying Gravity," on this 41-minute, six-track CD maxi-single. Her "Single Version" is preceded by five remixes, all of which lift her vocal off the track and combine it with the usual relentless beats and synthesizer patterns. "Hani's Flying So High Club Mix" really only sprinkles a few of Menzel's lines in, while the "Funky Junction & Anthony Reale Club Mix" uses quite a lot of it, high in the mix. By the time Menzel's own Glen Ballard-produced version appears at the end, it seems rather tame, but at least gives a sense of what the song is about rather than serving as an excuse to create anonymous dance tracks. (This disc contains a note reading, "Single version from the forthcoming Idina Menzel album," but when Menzel's next album, I Stand, was released in early 2008, "Defying Gravity" was not on it.)

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Amazing Remixes

Defying Gravity is an uplifting song about breaking away from limits and releasing yourself to prove that anything can happen. It was originally a song in the musical Wicked, and Idina Menzel released her own single of the song. Her version is as great as the original, and now DJ's took the liberty to remake this amazing song into their own beats with Idina's vocals. 1.) Defying Gravity (Tracy Young's Flying Monkey's Radio Edit) - This remix has beats that are soothing and at the same time will make you want to dance. Tracy Young did a really great job retaining the uplifting feel of the song. 5/5 2.) Defying Gravity (Eddie Baez Radio Edit) - This remix is similar to the Tracy Young remix, but the beats are not as hard. The strings in this song are amazing. 5/5 3.) Defying Gravity (Funky Junction & Antony Reale Radio Edit) - This remix uses a combination of relaxing strings with hard club beats and slightly edited vocals. I like this remix the best; it's absolutely breathtaking. 5/5 4.) Defying Gravity (Hany Flying So High Short Mix) - Hani does a good job with the club beats and modern eastern sounds. This remix will take you to a another world of sounds and rhythms. 5/5 5.) Defying Gravity (Josh Harris Radio Edit) - This remix delivers a nice club sound with some strings. Josh Harris uses many odd beats that work in his favor in making a nice remix. 5/5 Critics feel that remixes "ruin a perfectly good song" or "turns good songs into techno." I think it's sad that DJs work so hard in remaking a beautiful track just so it can be shot down by people who are afraid of a new sound for a classic song. These remixes do NOT ruin Defying Gravity; It's just another version of it, some might say. Don't listen to others by quickly concluding that these remixes butcher the song. Be "through accepting limits 'cuz someone says they're so!"


I can't believe that they could take a wonderful song like Defying Gravity and make it sound so bad! Idina Menzel is an amazing singer and did a wonderful job with Defying Gravity and they take it and make it really really horrible! Just wow!

Wicked Remixes

For a remix EP, this is pretty good. It helps that the original song and Idina's vocals are brilliant, but none of the remixes are really terrible either. My favorite is #3, the Funky Junction and Antony Reale Edit, because it stays true to the original chord progression instead of making the song sound flat and boirng like the others. #4, the Hani Flying So High Mix is also ok, but #1,2 and 5 aren't quite so good. Also, a funny note: All the remixes are shorter than the original! I find that funny, becuase generally remixes are about twice as long as the originals becuase of all the instrumental and techno sections. Unfortunately, it means that the song stops being a way of telling a story becuase material is cut to keep the song short. :( Still, I enjoyed listening to #3 and 4. If you're a Wicked fan, at least try them out!


Born: May 30, 1971 in New York, NY [Queens]

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway smash Rent, singer/actress Idina Menzel made her solo debut in 1998 with the pop-soul effort Still I Can't Be Still. She joined the cast for Wicked in 2003 and appeared on the recording that same year, while 2004 saw her releasing the album Here. The following year, Menzel appeared on the soundtrack to the television show Desperate Housewives, and a duet with Ray Charles (which the pair had recorded back in 1998) found its way onto the...
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