It has become something of a cliche in recent years for marketing children's music releases as "music for kids that parents will also like". Cliche or not, Monkey Business may be the ultimate example of that description, with sophistication in its musicianship and lyricism that belies its apparent simplicity and accessibility. This album is rich in flavors and nuances, and grows more endearing with repeated listens. The beautiful breather song "Don't Bother Any Butterflies" makes a clever reference to The Beatles, and the Fab Four's sense of memorability and musical depth is an evident influence on Monkey Business. And yet, the music is still completely original and fresh, and doesn't merely cop the styles of its influences. Half of the songs on Monkey Business feature words written by or with the renowned funny poetry author Kenn Nesbitt. Inventive, energetic and sophisticated while still being fully accessible for kids, and above all a lot of fun, Monkey Business is truly a landmark album in the children's music genre.
Inspired weirdness, which I mean as high praise. The album works in enough humor to amuse both children and adults. -- Zooglobble, May 4, 2005
Inspired, clever and nicely produced tunes that will at once have you dancing and laughing. -- Kidzmusic.com, May 1, 2005
Monkey Business has moments of inspired weirdness, which I mean as high praise. The album amuses both children and adults. -- Zooglobble, May 2005
Monkey Business is one of the best kids records ever. Boy, were my kids impressed. A tremendous sense of humor! -- Victory Music Review, July 2005