Life is a Cabaret: The Top 12 Liza Minnelli Albums

By Ben Rimalower
23 Nov 2013

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After failed early career efforts to cross over into the pop charts, Minnelli focused for decades on showtunes and standards, until this rare collaboration with British pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys. The track that got the most attention was a campy dance club version of Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind," but the rest of the album is much more enjoyable, including some Pet Shop Boys covers as well as original material they wrote for Minnelli. She adapted her style well to suit these productions, but she still manages to come across as herself on the tracks, and what was once a guilty pleasure is now an album I'll proudly play for anyone willing to listen. My favorite cuts are "So Sorry, I Said," "Tonight Is Forever" and "Rent."