Radio Disney Jams 15th B-Day Edition

Artist: Various Artists

Produced by: Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            Launched in November 1996, Radio Disney is a radio station geared towards the family.  Kid-driven and mom-approved, the station has been playing hit songs and establishing superstars within the Disney family.  For fifteen years, Radio Disney has been the number one radio station devoted to kids, tweens and families.  On August 16, 2011, Walt Disney Records released Radio Disney James 15th B-Day Edition, a new album featuring stars from Radio Disneyís past and present.

            The album features - fittingly - fifteen tracks featuring some very familiar tunes from some very well-known artists like Selena Gomez and the Scene, Jesse McCarthy, Hilary Duff, Lemonade Mouth, Justin Bieber, Brittany Spears and more.  The music ranges is mostly pop, but there are some dance, rap and hip-hop moments thrown in.

            Having only listened to Radio Disney once, I thought that I was about to review an album geared towards kids, but Radio Disney James 15th B-Day Edition is actually geared towards the entire family.  This album was actually a whole lot of fun to listen to with old favorites like Beautiful Soul and Baby One More Time to new favorites like Tonight, Tonight, Watch Me (from the Shake It Up Soundtrack) and Determinate from the Lemonade Mouth Soundtrack.  There were some songs that I had never heard of before listening to this album, but all were enjoyable.  I especially enjoyed the songs featuring upbeat and poignant messages like Selena Gomezís Who Says and Grayson Chanceís Waiting Outside the Lines.

            I only had on issue with the album.  The second stanza of  lyrics from Tonight, Tonight were changed to make them ďcleaner.Ē  I suppose that the implication that the singer has woken from a drunken binge with a tattoo on his arm, no money in his pocket and no memory of what took place would be bad for the stationís image, but those are the lyrics.  Why include the song on the album if the lyrics werenít clean enough?  Then again, the change was made almost seamlessly and someone who didnít really know all of the lyrics wouldnít really care much, so I suppose I can overlook this.  After all, itís still a rocking song thatís fun to sing along with, even with the lyrics change.

            In closing, Radio Disney Jams 15th B-Day Edition is an excellent album for kids, teenagers and adults.  I was happily surprised at how much I enjoyed the album.  Itís a great collection of songs that you canít help but sing along with, no matter what age you are. 


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