Saturday, September 30, 2017

Various Artists-Disney Girlz Rock 2 (2008)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: September 30, 2017

Back now with the second part of the "Disney Girlz Rock" series to continue my streak of fulfilled music wishes. Once again, I believe it to have been requested because of the link to singer/actress Hayden Panettiere, and once again, it brings many of the biggest girl stars in the pop music business together again for another dazzling show! It's a very good problem to have when you've gotten hooked to literally every song on an album, as was the case for me when I put this on for myself and coasted along this 45+ minute thrill ride! Setting things in motion and igniting a spark in my senses was the Miley Cyrus smash rockin' opener, "Start All Over", which paved the way for the equally-rockin' jams, "Hero In You" (a feelgood, cheery song that would be totally great for a motivational sports-themed anthem; I particularly liked that little 'cheerleader chant' that this Ksm girl leads after the inspirational chorus), Hannah Montana's "Rock Star" (so appropriate on an album called "Disney Girlz Rock") and Hayden's own offering simply called "Try", which too inspires and motivates with its touching advice that one never knows what can be achieved until you take that first step. Thinking further about touching tunes, the acoustic piano version of Demi Lovato's "This Is Me" is exactly that, as it lyrically is a soft cry for independence and acceptance. On the same wavelength thematically but totally not on the same wavelength musically is the previous track, "I Don't Think About It", performed by an Emily Osment. Amidst the bouncy, groovy dance beat is her chilled declaration for being Miss Independent with her own dreams and own plans, and not caring about what everyone else thinks. "I Don't Think About It" was one of several catchy pop-flavored goodies that my ears and I devoured during this thrill ride. Additional ear candy was served up on the Vanessa Hudgens funky electro-pop cut, "Let's Dance"; Jordan Pruitt's "I Wanna Go Back" (this one's like the perfect sunny girl pop song, though with a bittersweetness about it as she sings the story about longing to recapture that first time she was in love); and the cheeky one called "Fabulous" that sounds like it was tailor-made for theater (or a kid's Disney animated film, perhaps?). It's a lot more than just pop goodness when the explosive club jams slam down on THE CHEEETAH GIRLS' "Fuego" (love how they chant 'fuego, fuego' and how they interpolate the 'party, fiesta, together, forever' lyrics from Lionel Richie's 80's hit, "All Night Long"), ALY & AJ's "Like Whoa" and Hillary Duff's "With Love". And of course, with me forever being the ultimate cover song lover, I first got all sorts of kicks out of Selena Gomez's pop/rock rendition of the theme song from "101 Dalmatians" (love the spooky, suspenseful ambiance during the verses before it gains a rugged edge with the rock guitars taking over in the chorus; I'm thinking I should add it to my 'Scary Mix' playlist just because of that), then got excited again with Raven's modern dance-pop remake of the Frankie Smith disco/rap classic, "Double Dutch Bus" (a bit odd not hearing Frankie's distinctively scraggly vocals leading the way and the kids chanting 'the double dutch bus', but Raven's own spicy sass and added hip flavor makes this one all her own). There's nothing more that I need to say; these girls have got it going on here!

1. Miley Cyrus - Start All Over
2. Vanessa Hudgens - Let's Dance
3. Jordan Pruitt - I Wanna Go Back
4. Ksm - Hero In You
5. Emily Osment - I Don't Think About It
6. Demi Lovato - This Is Me (Acoustic Full Version)
7. Hayden Panettiere - Try
8. Hannah Montana - Rock Star
9. Selena Gomez - Cruella De Vil
10. The Cheetah Girls - Fuego
11. ALY & AJ - Like Whoa
12. Meaghan Martin - Too Cool
13. Raven-Symoné - Double Dutch Bus
14. Ryan - Fabulous
15. Hilary Duff - With Love

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