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The album that marries the vision of two men who shaped the image of modern California - Brian Wilson & Walt Disney. In this release, Brian re-imagines classics from the span of the Disney Music catalogue, from "Heigh-Ho" and "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3.
"Brian Wilson is not just a survivor, he's a champion and an American treasure." -- PopDose
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But a lot of the songs on IN THE KEY OF DISNEY are so... I don't know... shallow musically. It's nice to hear them rearranged and played by this band and sung by that voice, with those voices in the background. But whomever wrote "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" or "We Belong Together" or "I Can't Wait To Be King" had a hell of a lot more to learn about the potentials inherent in a good pop song than Brian Wilson does.
I guess what I'm saying is that, with only a few exceptions, the songs on this album are really beneath Brian as a musician.
That doesn't mean that it's not a sweet album, an easy-to-listen-to album, or that it doesn't achieve what Brian's purpose was (to make an album of Disney covers that his kids could listen to and enjoy). The arrangements are gorgeous and imaginative, as you'd expect, and Brian's in great voice.
But the songs aren't up to his level. Kids might not mind that, but I do.
Recommended with reservations, therefore. If you don't expect much more than what you'd think it is (and if you're familiar with Brian's music, you know what to expect), you won't be disappointed. The thing is, I usually find that Brian's best records are those which sound like fluff on the surface, but which reveal, with repeated listening, depth and complexity. And, I'm sorry, most of the songs on here don't fill the bill. The complexity is on the surface, if that makes sense.
Highlights: "Baby Mine" and "Bare Necessities."