Shake It Up: 1<3 Dance
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed By: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When the Disney Channel original series, Shake It Up made it’s debut in 2010, it became an instant success. Now in its third season, the show features CeCe (Bella Thorne) and Rocky (Zendaya), two best friends whose dream of becoming professional dancers comes true when they are chosen to perform as background dancers on “Shake It Up, Chicago“, the most popular teen dance show in the area. On February 23, 2013, the third album in the Shake It Up series, 1<3 Dance, will debut on Radio Disney Planet. The album will be available in stores and for download on March 5th.
Once again, the powers that be at Disney prove that they can create an album full of music that will appeal to adults as well as young audiences. Returning to the Shake It Up series are cast members Bella Thorne and Zendaya, Coco Jones and Selena Gomez. The album includes music of all genres including rap, hip-hop, R&B and most definitely dance.
As with the last two Shake It Up albums, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed listening to the music. When you get an album from Walt Disney with music from a television show designed to appeal to teenagers and younger, you don’t expect that the music will appeal to your adult music tastes. That being said, I have to admit that I still listen to the first two albums and was actually excited to receive an opportunity to review the third.
Although the whole CD was a great deal of fun, some songs certainly did stand out for me, like the synth-driven dance track, This Is My Dance Floor, performed by Zendaya. The song Afterparty, performed by Shake It Up co-stars Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine, is an awesome song that one would expect to hear on mainstream radio…something you would expect from guys like Usher or Ne-yo. I absolutely loved the remake of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ performed by Olivia Holt. Future Sounds Like Us is a terrific song that could serve as the new anthem of the hip-hop generation. I also enjoyed the remix of the Selena Gomez Shake It Up theme.
There was only one song that caused me to raise a brow in confusion. Holla At the DJ (The DJ Mike D Remix) is a hip-hop song performed by Coco Jones. The song is good, don’t get me wrong, but there was something extremely familiar about the hook. If you enjoy Beyonce, you’re going to recognize what I’m talking about - you can hear what sounds like the hook of Halo in a slightly different pitch with different lyrics. Beyonce fans will definitely know what I’m talking about. It may be unintentional, but that hook is there - I even asked other people to listen to it and tell me what it sounded like to them.
In closing, Shake It Up: 1<3 Dance is a great follow up to the first two Shake It Up albums, appealing to fans of hip-hop, dance, and R&B of every age. I’ve been listening to the album the past couple of days and bobbing my head while singing along loudly with not one ounce of shame at the fact that this is an album full of music from a show marketed toward the younger generation. The music on 1<3 Dance is just that good!