Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Salem Ilese – Mad at Disney

We’re not feeling too chipper ourselves…


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Thomas Inskeep: Oh, look, another 2020 Regina.
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Juana Giaimo: Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but I believe that in 2020 we all know Disney’s love stories aren’t true. I understand the sweet and almost childish sound of “Mad at Disney” is supposed to be ironic, but that irony is lost when the song already sounds outdated the moment it’s released.
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Vikram Joseph: No doubt there’s plenty of current scope to feel let down by the gaping chasm between reality and idealised fiction, but when you could take this up with Call Me By Your Name, Future Nostalgia or The West Wing, being mad at Disney rather lacks imagination. This is not the only thing about this song that feels unimaginative.
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Wayne Weizhen Zhang: A tired song about childlike wonder with all the flavor and bounciness of sidewalk gum. 
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Nortey Dowuona: The loping bass smushes up against the synth glass and synth string streamers, as Salem steps in a mess of plucking synths, slightly inconvenienced but each string streamer billows and yanks her up, leaving her stuck and pissed.
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Alex Clifton: There’s some nice moments in here that are quite well done — some Disney-ish instrumental flourishes, the cutesy melody, the interpolation of “When You With Upon a Star” towards the beginning — but I’m not sold on the entire song. I do love that this doesn’t push the Disney metaphor too hard; Cinderella getting a divorce is fine, but I’m glad this isn’t a project that bills itself as an ~edgy~ look at all the problems the Disney princesses would have. However, the lyrics then dissipate into a bunch of fairly generic lines about how love sucks, which is less captivating. It’s fine for what it is, but with a little more fine-tuning this could’ve been rather good.
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Alfred Soto: Yesterday I showed my film students Walt Disney Studios’ death grip on 2019’s highest grossing films. I especially recoil from the degree to which its animated films have taught generations of girls that they deserve Prince Charmings. Loathe these smiling plutocrats as much as you please then. Catchy and amiable, “Mad at Disney” has a smart subject: what is love when the Disney brainwashing fades? But the chorus is catchy-annoying, and Salem Ilese’s parched post-Eilish vocal sounds bored.
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Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: I was so annoyed by the cleverness of the lyric here that I almost missed the skillfulness of the hook here — if it weren’t so wedded to doing an epic takedown of media for children, it could be a pretty good song!
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