In one of the stranger conceptual pairings in music history, the 14-track compilation DConstructed sees classic songs from Disney and Disney-Pixar films like The Lion King, Toy Story, and the like remixed, remodeled, and reinterpreted by electronic musicians ranging from deep trance, dubstep, and house DJs to EDM artists more on the pop side of the club. Boasting artists as wide-ranging as UNKLE, Armin van Buuren, and Kaskade, DConstructed ("D" as in "Disney," get it?!?) offers futuristic dance reinterpretations of Disney tunes going as far back as Sleeping Beauty, with Trion offering up a high-energy "Once Upon a Dream" redux. The collection even includes a hard-edged electro-funk send-up of the theme to The Muppet Show by Shy Kidx. Overflowing with every possible cliché of electronic music, DConstructed is one of the more ill-conceived, poorly executed, and utterly hurtful musical gestures imaginable. While there's nothing overtly offensive about the generic electronic tracks that show up here, or even the idea that they might build on or be inspired by Disney magic, the end product becomes an entirely grating and upsetting experience. Even Daft Punk's genre-appropriate contributions to Tron: Legacy are put through the ringer with uninspired remix treatment, though "Derezzed [So Amazing Mix]" stands out among the other tracks. It's difficult to understand which audience DConstructed is aiming for -- fans of edgy electronic music with an appreciation for lighthearted cartoon classics, young kids who love Disney characters but are ahead of the curve musically, or maybe some unknown demographic remotely interested in club music but far too mainstream to understand it on its own terms and needing samples of Pixar cartoon voices to buffer their descent into DJ culture. Sadly, there's little here to enjoy for anyone, with the ungodly juxtaposition of abrasive dance music and familiar Disney songs evoking the feeling of being locked in a room full of confused, screaming preschoolers wondering why the DJ wants to ruin their childhood.
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AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas