Disney Channel alum Demi Lovato has given her voice to many Disney-associated projects (the Camp Rock films, the Disneymania album series, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) and she has done it once again with her track for the newest animated princess film called “Let It Go”. It’s pretty obvious that Lovato is the only Disney alum still keeping her clothes on, but her voice is definitely fitting for the storyline of Frozen.
Since Frozen is technically a princess movie (even though the advertisements try to play it off as more of an adventure film), the instrumentation of “Let It Go” has a relatively regal feel to it while still being modern enough to make those over the age of 13 want to listen to it. Pianos, violins and light drumming paint images of snowflakes falling and howling winds “like the swirling storm inside” without being all Christmas-y. The pace has a Kelly Clarkson “Breakaway” vibe in which it starts off slower, but really picks up at the chorus and especially at the bridge.
Because “Let It Go” is a part of a film soundtrack, it’s not surprising that it has many a reference to ‘cold’, ‘frozen’ and ‘snow’ (especially in the bridge). It tells the story of the relationship between siblings (in this case, the movie’s main characters Anna and Elsa) and how even though one feels that pushing everyone away is the best solution, the other will never give up on them. The line in the chorus “And here I stand, and here I’ll stay” is the ultimate embodiment of the theme of this sort of unconditional love and can easily fit with any type of relationship near or far, whether it be between family members, best friends or romantic partners.
“Let It Go” is definitely a Disney song in the sense that it’s uplifting and kid-friendly. However, Lovato’s voice makes the track more relatable to the older crowd and a tad less cheesy than a song that was specifically written for the characters to sing. She’s definitely the Disney starlet to bring this track to life. I kind of wish that she utilized her voice more because she could’ve totally hit higher notes than she did. I felt like I was sitting around waiting for an absolutely fantastic drawn-out note but it never came. While the song itself is pretty decent, it was half a letdown because it sounds like Lovato’s voice is being contained.