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CD Reviews: Disney TV

Disney Channel Hits -- Take 1 **


Walt Disney 61230-7

15 tracks - 33:50

For the younger market comes this collection of theme songs from a variety of Disney Channel programs. Included are multiple songs from The Lizzie McGuire Show, That's So Raven, Kim Possible, The Proud Family, and the theme songs from Even Stevens, Lilo and Stitch: The Series, Phil of the Future and Dave the Barbarian. Performers include Hilary Duff, Lizzie McGuire, Raven, Christy Carlson Romano and Destiny's Child, to name the most familiar contributors. The curious thing about this collection is that it's hard to imagine exactly who would be listening to this disc. Perhaps the music is a gateway for children heading into the upper elementary grades. The style of the music leans toward urban hip hop and pop rock.

There are a few things in here that will make even the most jaded adult smile. Among them are "The Naked Mole Rap" and "Dave the Barbarian." The "Even Stevens Theme Song" seems out of place, with its big band sound and jazzy rhythms. Still, with little more than half an hour of music, this is a disc that will make most FSM readers gag.

But wait, there's more! Disney has also included CD-ROM features (which pull you into the Disney website) and an extra DVD featuring five music videos. These are the kind of things the Disney channel uses to fill space between programming.     -- Steven A. Kennedy

Great Disney TV and Film Hits -- Christy Carlson Romano **


Walt Disney 61229-7

8 tracks - 25:35

If you're a Disney channel fan, you will recognize the name Christy Carlson Romano as the voice of Kim Possible. She also performed a song for the soundtrack of The Princess Diaries 2. That number is included in this meager collection of songs taken from other Disney soundtracks and/or from their various TV series. So, as a collection of songs they will appeal primarily to fans of those programs.

Romano's sound is not far from most contemporary popular music (think Hilary Duff), and her band has the standard pop rock sound down. This album appears to be geared towards the teen girl market or younger. At least it has some positive girl power music for that audience -- except for the creepy "Teacher's Pet."

Ms. Romano has received great reviews in her stage performances of Belle in Beauty and the Beast -- she's the youngest person to play the role. The opening songs of this album do not showcase her abilities very well. But, when we get to the Menken and Schwartz Pocahontas song, "Colors of the Wind," it's obvious that Romano has talent. Her performance here is even more personalized than the other polished studio recordings on the disc. (It helps that there is a bare bones accompaniment to her vocal). This song is the sole highlight of the disc; it would have been great had she been given a chance to cover other Disney film songs.

The disc is padded with music videos of "Say the Word" from Kim Possible, and "Teacher's Pet." They are viewable only via a CD-ROM drive.     -- SAK

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