This much anticipated first album from New York City s favorite kindie rockers,THE JIMMIES<b/>, has already met with wide acclaim and plenty of toe tapping. This infectious young group offers something for all ages with music running the gamut from rock,funk, pop and blues to reggae, hip-hop and even Dixieland... "It's real music...with kid-appropriate themes.
"Maybe my favorite band, kid's music or otherwise." Clever lyrics, catchy hooks and sophisticated melodies add up to an album full of songs you won t mind getting stuck in your head...
Upbeat, ultra poppy, and just plain fun, this collection of original songs is aimed at children, but adults are sure to get a kick out of its catchy melodies and diverse stylistic approaches as well. This five piece band shuffles genres from track to track, making each song a new adventure and allowing an easy and fun way to introduce a young one to a variety of musical forms. While "Bedhead" gives a nod to The Go-Go's or The Bangles, "Cool to Be Uncool" breaks out the guitar and rocks to a Joan Jett type riff. And that's just the beginning: The group also delves into blues, folk, reggae, country, Latin, and even polka. The players here are spot on, really representing the sounds of the different types of music accurately and articulately. The songs are well written, musically educational, and most importantly, they give the kids some credit. While the subject matter may be fun and silly, there is an underlying maturity to the musicianship and the lyrics that will certainly make children feel that they have been introduced to something new and exciting. FIVE STARS --Brad at CDbaby- www.cdbaby.com
God love the Wonderpets soundtrack, but I'm just about one long car ride away from "accidentally" cracking the CD in half. So on a recent trip, I was happy to have another CD on hand to try out: The premier album from NY-based kids band, The Jimmies, Make Your Own Someday: Silly Songs for the Shorter Set. Frontwoman/songwriter Ashley Albert sounds like your favorite 80s girl-band singer, and hearing it made me instantly happy; just listen to the second track, Bedhead (samples at CD Baby), and try to disagree. The tunes on the album are bouncy and kicky and just plain pop-tastic, thanks to bandmates with serious music cred. From their website alone you can tell the band is having a grand old time doing what they do, and the album absolutely reflects it. It would be hard to imagine a kid that didn't make this a well-played staple of his music repertoire. Get your own at gimmejimmies.com or from CD Baby. I think my 2 year-old is still a wee bit young for Make Your Own Someday. But I'm going to put it aside in the glove compartment and wait. Not too patiently, either. --Liz Gumbinner- www.coolmompicks.com
There are singers, and there are entertainers. In the former camp, I'd put artists like Elizabeth Mitchell, whose interpreter of songs is rivaled by few in the kids music genre and who have glorious voices. In the latter camp, I'd like to introduce Ashley Albert, lead singer, songwriter, and mastermind behind the New York-based The Jimmies. Don't get me wrong, Albert has a nice voice and could be a very adept interpreter of standards, kids-oriented or not. But on her band's recently-released debut album Make Your Own Someday (Silly Songs for the Shorter Set), Albert's strengths are in thinking like a goofy 7-year-old and performing for said kid. (It's not for nothing that Albert's done voice work for cartoons and commercials.) Watch this completely infectious (pun mostly unintended) for "Do the Elephant," one of the catchiest songs on the album, and tell me that the Nickolodeon/Nick Jr. corporate behemoth shouldn't find some show to feature Albert and the whole band on a regular basis. It did wonders for Laurie Berkner -- it could do the same here. Kinda like a cross between Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang and AudraRox, except skewed at a slightly higher age bracket. The songs themselves sound bright and tackle common kid-themes like clothes (the swinging "What's On Your Shirt" or the rocking "Cool To Be Uncool") and pets (the unusually-sweet-for-the-album "Taddy") with a variety of musical styles. Albert gets the double-word-score for combining a foreign-language song with a song about pets (in "Spanimals," on which I kept expecting Rob Thomas to make an appearance on the Santana-lite melody). And the album's opener, "What's That Sound?," isn't quite a classic name-the-instrument musical piece like "Mama Don't Allow" and "Peter and the Wolf," but it's pretty darn close. The rest of the band -- who, like Albert, have day jobs that indicate serious musical talent -- backs Albert with aplomb. (Whatever "aplomb" is.) The album's not perfect -- Albert sometimes has a tendency to cram too many words into the lyrics (making them hard to understand) and some songs are just sort of "eh" -- but it's not for lack of talent or imagination. The silliness here will be most appreciated by kids ages 5 through 10, particularly if they have a "Weird Al" Yankovic album in their collection. You can listen to 4 full tracks at the band's Myspace page or samples from the whole album at the album's CD Baby page. You may as well get Make Your Own Someday now, because eventually these songs are going to end up on some TV show somewhere. Then your kids are going to beg to you play The Jimmies over and over again in the care and rather than investing in some dubious technology that rips audio from a DVD video, you may as well just get the CD and save yourself the hassle. Recommended. --Stefan Shepard- www.zooglobble.com