Life is a Cabaret: The Top 12 Liza Minnelli Albums

By Ben Rimalower
23 Nov 2013

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Minnelli's most recent album finds her in a restrained mode appropriate to the intimacy of cabaret, with a lowercase C. It's a mode that suits her well — and not just due to the major vocal limitations of this phase in her career, but because the focus is on the words and the intentions and emotions, and Minnelli's singular gift for expressing these things is a treasure. Whether it's the feeling in "I Got Lost In His Arms," the fun in "You Fascinate Me So" or the frolic in "Confession," this album inspires hope for more decades of Minnelli magic.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)