By: Cathy Rockwell

Album Review: We Love Disney 2015/Various Artists (Verve/Walt Disney) Children’s Pop Released on October 30, 2015

There is something quite magical that happens when listening to the album, We Love Disney. It definitely brings out the child inside. Disney has always satisfied audiences since the very beginning of their animated short stories in the early 1920s and then the first feature length animated story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937, which brought the famous tunes, “Heigh-Ho,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” and “Whistle While You Work.” The unique thing about Disney is they keep evolving not only with animation, films and theme parks, but their music as well.

We Love Disney is no exception.  Legendary producer David Foster took a group of mega-talented musicians and created an amazing collaboration.

The first track, NE-YO’s “Friend Like Me,” (Aladdin) has a big-band style and a touch of swing. It’s a rowdy way to kick off the album and the vocals are silky smooth. Fans of NE-YO will find another family-friendly project as he will be playing the Tin Man in NBC’s “The Wiz – Live” on December 3rd, 8:00 pm.

The second track is from The Little Mermaid.  Jessie J’s “Part of Your World” has that Disney Magic Kingdom feel to it. His vocal range is amazing.

Jason Derulo gives an upbeat performance of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (The Lion King) and Gwen Stefani’s “The Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie) is a warm, quirky and fun remake that makes one imagine Kermit the Frog singing on a tree branch while playing his banjo.

Ariana Grande’s “Zero To Hero” (Hercules) is fast paced with a touch of soul.

Jhené Aiko interpretation of “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” (Alice in Wonderland) is sultry and enchanting. While Fall Out Boy’s “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” (The Jungle Book) has an alternative pop feel to it. Singer-songwriter Tori Kelly’s performance of “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas) is a blend of flute and acoustic guitar and has a beautiful melody.

And how could anyone forget the classic song “A Spoonful of Sugar” (Mary Poppins)? Country artist Kacey Musgraves adds a bit of Bavarian, western swing and quirky classic country to the famous piece.

Charles Perry’s “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat” (The Aristocats) is jazzy with just the right touch of funk to make it brilliant.

One of the hidden gems on the album is Jessie Ware’s  “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella). She performs one of the most recognized tunes from the Disney classics and makes it a stellar, flawless and incredible performance.

Lucy Hale and Rascal Flatts’s “Let It Go” (Frozen) is one of the most popular tunes that has been played over and over. This rendition has a unique country flare and a fast rhythm. The collaboration between these two talented artists works quite well. The final tracks are “It’s a Small World” with a collaboration of various artists, followed by two bonus tracks: Brenna Whitaker’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (The Muppet Show) and Yuna’s “A Whole New World” (Aladdin).

All in all,  the album is a solid collaboration that will satisfy Disney fans of all ages and introduce new fans to some great classics.

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