Review: Stellar Kart – A Whole New World EP | Christian Music Zine
July 25, 2011Posted by on
Released July 26th 2011
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
If you have been to a Stellar Kart show over the last year or so, then absolutely none of this would have been a surprise to you, as the band has been building on an in-show shtick they’ve been working on where they’d play one of their favorite songs from Disney movies. With fan support (pressure) they were encouraged to make these songs official with cover tracks of some of the more popular songs from the animated films of their youth, resulting in the A Whole New World EP.
The A Whole New World EP starts off with a song from The Little Mermaid, “Kiss The Girl”, and instantly it is easy to hear that they are playing fast and loose with the tracks, bringing a pop rock beat full of driving guitars and pounding drums for a version that if you didn’t know it was from a Disney movie you probably wouldn’t have guessed.
The title track is the follow up song, with “A Whole New World” being the most famous song to have come from Aladdin (originally sung, of course, by Steve from Full House) and is probably the best one on this EP as well, though I’m sure fans of different movies just might have differing opinions on that before they even hear a single note. Look out for a special vocal surprise to come for Jasmine’s part on this magic carpet ride.
If you’re looking for a little pop-punk flavor that reminds you of the younger days of Stellar Kart, then “Be Our Guest” will serve you just fine, coming from Beauty and the Beast. It is probably the most straight forward song on the EP, maybe the most fun, yet the least emotionally binding, so there is a little give and take depending on which you prefer.
The EP closes with the most sentimental tune of the bunch, as front man Adam Agee belts out the old Elton John song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King and all I can do is thank them for not doing “Hakuna Matata” instead!
When you boil it all down to the raw elements, you realize that this is exactly the kind of thing Stellar Kart would and should do. They have a generally younger audience and a fun show, why would they not do this? If you’re too cool for this, I will point you to the sage advice of C. S. Lewis, who said “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
- Kiss The Girl
- A Whole New World
- Be Our Guest
- Can You Feel The Love Tonight