Release Date: March 27,
Length: 49 minutes
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
1. Miley Cyrus – Part Of Your
Bleu – Two Worlds
3. The Cheetah Girls – So This Is Love
4. Jonas Brothers – I Wan'na Be Like You
5. Jordan Pruitt – When She Love Me
6. Ashley Tisdale – Kiss The Girl
7. T Squad – The Second Star To The Right
8. Hayden Panettiere – Cruella De Vil
9. Vanessa Hudgens – Colors Of The Wind
10. Lucas Grabeel – Go The Distance
11. B5 – Siamese Cat Song
12. Everlife – Reflection
13. Go-Go's – Let's Get Together
14. Keke Palmer –
True To Your Heart
Drew Seeley – Find Yourself
Can you believe
it, we’re already on the fifth installment of the
DisneyMania CD? Over the last couple of years Walt Disney
Records has managed to get some of the hottest music stars
to record classic Disney tracks. However, in the process
several of the best Disney songs have already been recorded
and now we’re seeing the second or third version
of them. With that in mind, the following review will
look at each track under the context of previous DisneyMania
releases and the original versions of the songs.
The opening track
by Miley Cyrus features her rendition
of what some might call the most popular Disney karaoke
song of the last 15 years, Part Of Your World
from The Little Mermaid. A song of this nature has had
thousands of variations and this one will probably be
compared to Skye Sweetnam’s punk rock DM4 version.
Not a bad track, but it fails to capitalize on the spirit
that made Hannah Montana a best-seller.
Next up Corbin
Bleu adds a bit of his R&B flavor to Tarzan’s
Two Worlds. The vocal arrangements breathe some
new life into this track while a nice bit of percussion
is added as well. With Corbin adding his unique flavor
to it, it’s good enough to have been on the original
In what could be
a nod to the girl/song that made them famous, The
Cheetah Girls cover Cinderella’s song So
This Is Love. The mid-tempo bilingual pop piece fits
them well and provides plenty of room for Adrienne Bailon
to shine. Her true style comes through during the second
verse which is sung in Spanish.
Arriving just in
time to pick up the pace with I Wan’na Be Like
You, the Jonas Brothers single handedly
achieve a sound which could be described as Mowgli on
Red Bull. Close your eyes and image a tiny club packed
with fans going nuts to one of the hottest up and coming
rock groups. The energy shines through in this bold piece.
If you were disappointed with their recent single Kids
Of The Future, this one will not let you down.
Pruitt finds her way on this release with the
heartfelt song When She Loved Me from Toy Story
2. While it will probably not be a favorite among most
listeners, Jordan’s emotion takes this number to
a level beyond the original performance by Sarah McLachlan.
To help her out she’s accompanied by an arrangement
that is beyond breathtaking. If she didn’t already
prove it yet with her release No Ordinary Girl,
she’s definitely pacing to be the best female vocalist
of 2007 in the teen genre. Hands down, this is the best
performance on DM5.
Perhaps you passed
on picking up the soundtrack to The Little Mermaid? If
you did you’ll get one of the gems from the re-issue
Kiss The Girl by Ashley Tisdale.
Due to the song being a huge hit on the radio this fall
I’m assuming you’ve heard it.
Making a return
to the DisneyMania collection is the song The Second
Star to the Right this time covered by T-Squad.
They’ve managed to build on the foundation laid
previously by Jesse McCartney and give it a little more
groove and a lot of fun. Most importantly everything they’ve
added to the song works and the chemistry of this new
act comes together just as needed.
Probably one of
the more anticipated tracks by fans is Hayden
Panettiere’s Cruel’a De Vil.
While the star of Heroes is able vocally to stand on her
own, the track will probably be remembered best in the
shadow of the original cover by Lalaine. Musically it
follows a similar path that wasn’t received very
Hudgens steps up to the plate next and makes
you think Colors Of The Wind was written for
her. From the slower intro to the powerful ending never
once does it go out of her range and some nice additions
are added to pick up the tempo of the song. In fact you
could say that this is such a good fit for Vanessa, that
it eclipses a lot of the songs from her debut.
V is none other than High School Musical alum Lucas
Grabeel with Go The Distance. One must
wonder how he felt after hearing he’d follow in
the footsteps of Michael Bolton who’s voice was
perfect for the song. While not quite equaling the original,
Lucas has his moments. He takes more of a theatrical approach
vocally and his pure voice matches the feel of the remake.
If anything this song is tailored for a live performance.
It makes you wonder if we’ll be lucky enough to
see this performed by Lucas with a live band on an upcoming
High School Musical tour. I’d be first in line to
has become a staple to the DisneyMania diet and the streak
of being given good songs seems to have run its course.
While they did work wonders with the Siamese Cat Song
previously attempted by the Duff sisters, it fails to
hit the standard of the CD.
Once again we find
ourselves with a song that they could’ve broken
the mold for after originally producing. Reflection
originally recorded by Christina Aguilera between her
Mickey Mouse Club and Genie In A Bottle Days is a classic
with a vocal performance that is a phenomenal number many
have failed to duplicate. Believe it or not, it appears
if you mix it up a little bit and add the Ross sisters
you’ll find success. The songs emotion and beautiful
vocals by Amber and Julia will remind you of the power
they brought to the song Look Through My Eyes.
This cover by Everlife is definitely
worthy to be the theme song for this current generation
make their debut on DisneyMania decades after their vacation
with Let’s Get Together from The Parent
Trap. While musically it’s all there, and they manage
to add a few bright spots, there wasn’t enough to
work with. Unfortunately the highly repetitive song manages
to get on your nerves on the first spin.
Getting back to
some fun and friendly dance along music, Keke
Palmer provides us with True To Your Heart.
It closely resembles the version done by Raven Symone
that appeared on DM2, yet has a little more kick to it
and stronger synth programming. Keke’s fun personality
is a nice addition to the track.
Finishing up the
CD is what some would call the voice behind the best selling
CD of 2006, Drew Seeley lends his R&B
friendly voice to make a more commercially viable version
of Find Yourself from Cars. While the original
country version captured the gritty feel of the film,
this one might make the song a bit more palatable for
most listeners with smooth harmonies on one of the last
songs Drew Seeley recorded with the late Ray Cham.