Disney has some of the most recognizable songs and music and everyone can at least recognize where it’s from. It’s absolutely no secret how much I love Disney and the songs from the parks and films fill me up with joy. So to feed my unhealthy love of Disney, I was completely excited for We Love Disney to be released.
At first, I was a little skeptical of the artists in this album because it’s very top 40 or country, like Ariana Grande and Rascal Flatts but I was pleasantly surprised with the way the their renditions of popular songs and gave the songs the magic that they contain. So let me tell you what I thought of the album.
Let me start with some bad news. I hate Frozen. There’s too much Frozen everywhere. Which leads me to “Let it Go.” Tag teamed by Rascal Flatts and Lucy Hale, it was a decent take on this song that you probably have heard everywhere. I wasn’t too crazy about it and the song should go back into being a silly song you belt out during karaoke.
I haven’t seen or heard music from Hercules in a while, but Ariana Grande does put a good spin of her own to “Zero to Hero.” The deluxe version has “A Whole New World” by Yuna and I was a bit sad that it didn’t wow me as much as I thought it would. Yuna has a great voice and it was a cute take but the cover was not striking. Maybe I’m just not a Muppets fan, but “Rainbow Connection” was not one of the songs that stood out, although Gwen Stefani did do it well.
Kacey Musgraves completely killed “A Spoonful of Sugar” from Mary Poppins. It was such a fun take on that song. Ne-Yo covered a “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, while Jason Derulo took on, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight / Nants’ Ingonyama” and they were both great in bringing these songs to life. Jessie Ware sang, “A Wish is a Dream Your Heart Makes” which all the magic that songs deserves.
A track I surprisingly loved was “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” by Jhene Aiko. It was whimsical ballad that just captured the curious story of Alice in Wonderland. Jessie J’s take of “Part of Your World” and Tori Kelly’s version of “Colors of the Wind” were also absolutely beautiful. Jessie reminds us why this song is a classic and Tori brings out the loveliness of “Colors of the Wind” that it gives you feels and makes you want to go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Fall Out Boy did my favorite song from The Jungle Book, “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” and it was perfect because it has an upbeat rock edge and wasn’t a cheesy take on this fun song. All the artist came together for “It’s a Small World” and it was actually wonderful and sweet, this is coming from a person that has heard this song enough to last a lifetime.
I actually really liked We Love Disney because it took the songs and didn’t completely distort them into something different. All the artists did a good job of preserving the classic magic the songs have and still giving them a refreshed sound. I’m adding this to my Disney rotation, giving me a break from replaying the Paint the Night soundtrack on Youtube.
Check out We Love Disney on iTunes.
Do you enjoy listening to Disney songs or does it fill you with dread like people who listen to Christmas music year-long? Which is your favorite song from Disney? Let me know!