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I participated in the We Love Disney album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.
Music is an integral part of our lives. For my family, we enjoy playing and singing. However, most of the time we just like to pop in a CD or stream music that fits our mood. Much of the music from Disney’s shows are beloved favorites for us. Hence, my excitement to review the new We Love Disney album.
What Comes on We Love Disney Album?
The We Love Disney album takes classic Disney songs and features the hottest artists from across the pop, rock, R&B, and country worlds delivering their own unique interpretations. We Love Disney was produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster.
The album features singer-songwriter NE-YO on the Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Friend Like Me,” from 1992’s Aladdin; British pop singer and songwriter Jessie J on “Part of Your World,” from 1989’s The Little Mermaid; multi-platinum pop/R&B singer/songwriter Jason Derulo on the Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from 1994’s The Lion King; multi-platinum solo artist and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani on the Oscar®-nominated song “The Rainbow Connection,” from 1979’s The Muppet Movie; multi-platinum pop singer Ariana Grande on “Zero To Hero,” from 1997’s Hercules; singer/songwriterJhené Aiko on “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” from 1961’s Alice in Wonderland; rock band Fall Out Boy on “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from 1967’s The Jungle Book; singer-songwriter and Capitol Records artist Tori Kelly on “Colors of the Wind,” the Oscar®, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning theme song from 1995’s Pocahontas; critically acclaimed country artist Kacey Musgraveson “A Spoonful of Sugar” from 1964’s Mary Poppins; soul/R&B singer and Verve Recording artist Charles Perry on “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat,” from 1970’s The Aristocats; British soul singer Jessie Ware on “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” which appears in both the 1950 animated film Cinderella as well as this year’s enchanting adaptation of the classic film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James; and best-selling country group Rascal Flatts, accompanied by Hollywood Records’ artist-actress Lucy Hale duet on “Let It Go,” the top-selling, Oscar® and Grammy-winning song from the 2013 film Frozen. The album also features a rendition of “It’s a Small World” performed by all of the artists.
“In choosing the artists to appear on We Love Disney, we tried to cover the whole spectrum,” David Foster says. ”I wanted great singers. That’s always been my mandate. We set the bar high and everyone who came in absolutely killed it. The vocals on this album are spectacular.”
The Deluxe versions feature two bonus tracks from Verve Records’ artists Brenna Whitaker (“It’s Not Easy Being Green” from The Muppet Show) and Yuna (“A Whole New World” from Aladdin).
Here’s the songs, both title and artist, you’ll find on this new album:
NE-YO “Friend Like Me” (Aladdin)
Jessie J “Part of Your World “(The Little Mermaid)
Jason Derulo “Can You Feel the Love Tonight / Nants’ Ingonyama” (The Lion King)
Gwen Stefani “The Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie)
Ariana Grande “Zero To Hero” (Hercules)
Jhené Aiko “In a World of My Own/Very Good Advice” (Alice in Wonderland)
Fall Out Boy “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” (The Jungle Book)
Tori Kelly “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas)
Kacey Musgraves “A Spoonful of Sugar” (Mary Poppins)
Charles Perry “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat” (The Aristocats)
Jessie Ware “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella)
Lucy Hale & Rascal Flatts “Let It Go” (Frozen)
Various Artists “It’s a Small World”
Bonus tracks on Deluxe CD, Vinyl, and Picture Disc:
Brenna Whitaker “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (The Muppet Show)
Yuna “A Whole New World” (Aladdin)
The Collector’s Edition Box Set includes:
• the digital deluxe album
• limited-edition double vinyl,
• standard-edition double vinyl
• limited-edition CD
• standard-edition CD
• limited-edition double-picture disc
• four numbered lithographs
• a DVD of “The Magic Behind We Love Disney”
• a limited-edition T-shirt featuring a one-time only design
• an exclusive tote bag
• and a Certificate of Authenticity
My Thoughts on on the We Love Disney Album
If you are a purist, then you might not enjoy this musical collection. One of my boys is just that way and said he did not like the selections and many sounded like he remembers from the films.
I, on the other hand, enjoyed hearing some of the new takes for familiar pieces. My favorites were “Friend Like Me” and “Let it Go.” I suspect the other titles will grow on me more as I continue to listen to them.
Do you have a favorite Disney piece from this new collection?
Do you tend to be a ‘purist’ and like just the original version?