“WE Love Disney” takes thirteen of some the most iconic Disney tracks and puts them in the hands of contemporary hitmakers such as Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani and Fall Out Boy for a fresh update, but the album feels more like a pleasant hodgepodge.
Some of the tracks — like Kacey Musgraves’ “A Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins” and Rascal Flatts and Lucy Hale’s “Let It Go” — get a genre, or country, makeover, while Jason Derulo’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King” and Jhene Aiko’s “In A World of My Own/Very Good Advice” do a minimal invasion contemporary lift.
Fall Out Boy’s “I Wan’na Be Like You” is a special case of updating the jazzy instrumental to a delightful rock beat, and Pete Wentz matches Louis Prima’s vocals almost to perfection. Stefani gets the unglamorous task of taking over for Kermit the Frog on “The Rainbow Connection,” but acquits herself impressively.
The album tries to stride the line between original and commercial, but it’s never really sure why. (AP)