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|Posted By: Steven A. Kennedy on June 14, 2005 - 9:00 PM|
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. --