Selena Gomez is quickly turning into a Kelly Clarkson-esque cover queen. The pint-sized TV star has tackled everyone from the likes of Katy Perry to well, Selena, and now she’s returning to her Disney roots by recording a track on Disneymania 7 (out tomorrow). On the compilation of tunes where singers put a fresh, contemporary spin on songs from past Disney classics, Selena lends some mature vocals for a cover of “Trust In Me,” from the 1967 animated movie The Jungle Book. Who did it better, Selena Gomez or an animated snake? Listen to it below.
Selena Gomez – “Trust In Me”
Selena and her producers were given a lot of creative room for reinterpretation—the original song was barely a song at all, but a few verses of talk-singing by a male voiceover artist. Although we think Selena’s seductive cooing is a bit too sensual for a 17-year old (and a Disney album aimed at pre-teens), we’re really digging the seductive arrangement, and Selena pulls off a creamy vocal performance better than she does mimicking Ke$ha’s dance moves. We’d feel better making this song our new sex jam if only Selena was a year older.
“Trust In Me” sounds like it could be the theme to a James Bond Jr. film, but it actually reminds us of Suzanne Vega’s slow, dreamy tune “Caramel” (which was featured in the trailer for the Mike Nichols film Closer). Listen to it below and see if you can spot the similarities between both tracks.
Suzanne Vega – “Caramel”