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Finally...a great album for adults, children, and childish adults!
on October 31, 2005
As a new dad, I've been eager to find good music for my little girl. In addition to exposing her to my own strange tastes in all sorts of music (from classical & jazz to punk & indie rock), I've been looking for good children's music for her. In my search, I've noticed a growing number of albums aimed at both children and parents (they may have always been there, but I've only been paying attention recently for obvious reasons). However, most fall into two categories:
1) Children's songs done by modern artists who try and make them sound like pop, rock, punk, folk, or alternative music. Some are interesting, but kids won't like them much. Parents might find it amusing to hear their favorite heavy metal band singing Mary had a Little Lamb or something. Most don't sound very good.
2) Modern artists who try and write songs for kids. Some are fun (like They Might Be Giants) but most sound silly both to adults and kids.
THIS album, however, is really a great mix for adults and kids. In addition to some traditional songs, there is some new material on here as well. The traditional songs have been gently adapted, not forced into a genre of music.
The key is that this album sounds like songs Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell might sing to their kids (assuming they have kids) rather than songs they crafted just to get you to buy the CD for your kids. It genuinely sounds like they are enjoying singing for children and not just singing childrens' songs.
The sound is also very natural and in keeping with Lisa Loeb's indie-folk style. With a couple of exceptions, you might not even realize you're listening to music for children. A couple of songs are really beautifully done. Like another reviewer here, I gladly listen to this album on my own.
That said, it's most fun when listening with my new daughter who loves to flip through the beautifully illustrated board book that serves as the case for this CD. If you're looking for beautiful music that both you and your child can listen to and you like Lisa Loeb's music (Elizabeth Mitchell is very good too, but I didn't know her before this) then this album is a great pick!
Good luck and I hope this was helpful.