WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE: OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK

THE STORY SO FAR:

With the show recently ranked as the No. 1 TV series for kids, anticipation for the “Wizards of Waverly Place” film and soundtrack is running high. The CD includes four new songs performed by series star Selena Gomez, including “Disappear,” the rock ballad “Magical,” the show’s theme song “Everything is Not as it Seems” and a new version of Pilot’s 1975 Top 10 Hit “Magic.” The CD features exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with Selena, plus her all-new music video.

TRACK LIST

  1. Disappear by Selena Gomez
  2. Magical by Selena Gomez
  3. Magic by Selena Gomez
  4. Strange Magic by Steve Rushton
  5. Magic (originally recorded by The Cars) by Honor Society
  6. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by Mitchel Musso
  7. Magic Carpet Ride by KSM
  8. Magic (originally recorded by Olivia Newton John) by Meaghan Martin
  9. You Can Do Magic by Andrew Seely
  10. Some Call It Magic by Raven Symone
  11. Do You Believe in Magic by Aly and AJ
  12. Everything Is Not As It Seems by Selena Gomez

THE CRITICISM:

Now, it took me a couple listens before this one grew on me (ok, ok, you can use the comment box below to make fun of me for listening to it a couple times), but it is cute. If you’re a fan of Radio Disney and the Disney stars, you’ll probably like this. If you’re a fan of classic rock, you could a lot better.

So the CD itself combines three new tracks from Selena Gomez, including the theme song for the show. Beyond that, we’ve got a wide variety of hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s covered by Disney stars and bands.

The CD spotlights Selena Gomez and the young lady has quite the voice. It’s just that none of the other talent can keep up. I’m semi-familiar with Steve Rushton and Aly and AJ. But, neither act really has what it takes to sell the music to people over the age of 14. So, where does that leave us?

You’ve got a bunch of decent tracks with folks showing a modicum of talent. But, that’s it. Should we accept the bare minimum or hope for something better? What else is there? Maybe, there should be a label telling older people that there’s nothing here they want. But, I feel that would be a disservice to Miss Gomez. The lady’s got a voice and she shines on Magic. It’s just that the others could take a lesson from her.

THE BREAKDOWN

Final Score:  85% – C+

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