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On this collection, Disney’s animated heroines trill a dozen paeans to romantic longing. The collection is serious about its “princess” designation; none of the studio’s commoner or animal heroines are included here. It should be noted, though, that both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast’s Belle are royals only by marriage. Which is altogether appropriate: The majority of the hopes, dreams, and happy endings here rest on the transformative power of matrimony. As on most recent compilations of Disney music, Princess’ tracks are presented in more or less reverse chronological order. Unfortunately, this means the disc opens with Pocahontas’ recent Academy Award–winning “Colors of the Wind,” a bland PC ballad that contrasts the spirituality of Native American peoples with the greed of European settlers. If this is enlightened Disney songwriting, bring on “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” squeakily warbled by 15-year-old Adriana Caselotti (an added bonus: Snow White’s remarkably condescending dialogue with the seven dwarfs). Other highlights include Cinderella’s “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” which topped the hit parade in 1959, Aladdin’s “A Whole New World,” a song that sounds more like a sexual metaphor with each listening, and numerous uncredited backing vocals by birds and mice. The disc’s chief misstep is the inclusion of “Home,” an innocuous number written for the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast that disrupts the collection’s flow of comfortably familiar tunes. But Princess is well worth having if only because it includes Sleeping Beauty’s hard-to-find “Once Upon a Dream.” In addition to featuring an early performance by opera great Mary Costa, the track is responsible for an entire generation’s lifelong inability to disassociate Sammy Fain’s lyrics from the Tchaikovsky waltz upon which the song is based. —Nicole Arthur