Any Disney music project is by its very nature a dicey proposition. Sure, a wealth of the material associated with the studio's vintage animated classics is brilliant, but their contemporary films are another matter altogether -- sure, treacle like Aladdin's "A Whole New World" or the garbage spewed forth by Phil Collins for his Tarzan score may win Oscars, but so do Kevin Costner movies, and you don't respect him, now do you? Given the consistent excellence and tastefulness of the long-running Café Après-midi series, if ever anyone's going to pull off a worthwhile Disney comp, it's these guys -- the end result is one of the better Disney discs but one of the weaker Café Après-midi entries, which speaks volumes about the quality of the songs in question. Some of it's really wonderful -- in particular the original version of "Main Street Electrical Parade," Joyce's "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," and Yoshiro Nakamura's "Winnie the Pooh" -- but the bossa nova-styled renditions of less tried-and-true numbers are undermined by the overripe material. For Disney diehards and Café Après-midi completists only.
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