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Recess

July 23, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Label: Carpet Square
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Carpet Square
  • Total Length: 44:20
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  • ASIN: B00DPBBCPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,095 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The songs are rich with words and music.
E. Hamner
This is music the entire family can enjoy, because Justin never dumbs down his music for kids.
A.B.
He seems like a swell guy and his music is so enjoyable to listen to.
K. Cahill

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. O. on August 8, 2013
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We are a kids music ONLY in the car family....so we've tried all the artists out there. Justin Roberts is by far our favorite. His lyrics and music are fun, but also smart - not just repetitive, silly rhymes. Smart, thoughtful, and fun music. You can tell that he makes a real effort to write his songs. My 4 year old has grown up listening to his music, and now is appreciating the subtle lyrics. My two year old just likes to sing along ("Where is thirteen? (Otis)" and "Tall buildings" from Recess). We have listened to almost every album Justin has made, and Recess is quickly becoming our favorite.

After recently learning that Spotify and Pandora pay artists next to nothing for playing their work, I have reconsidered how I listen to kids music. I want Justin Roberts to be around to keep entertaining us and make our car rides enjoyable. The best way to do that is to purchase his music. Add Recess to your collection - or start here and enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on August 6, 2013
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With Recess, Justin Roberts returns to the power pop sound last heard on his excellent, Grammy nominated, album, Jungle Gym. His last album, Lullaby, was a terrific collection of bedtime songs, but, by design it did not rock.

If you enjoyed Jungle Gym, this is an incredible follow-up to that. I did not think he could come close to the songs on that album, ever again, but I am glad he proved me wrong.

Highlights include the title track, "My Secret Robot" and "School's Out (Tall Buildings)", which contains a chorus that is beautiful and melancholy both musically and lyrically.

If you are unfamiliar with Justin Roberts, his music is officially "family music"/"kindie rock", but the songs will appeal to anyone who enjoys good songwriting. His lyrics, like old Bugs Bunny cartoons, contain references that adults may interpret a bit differently than their children.

This is music the entire family can enjoy, because Justin never dumbs down his music for kids. It just so happens his lyrics address subject matter to which kids can relate (and if you've ever been a kid, you can relate, too). One of the coolest things about listening to these songs as an adult is being reminded of the worldview I had as a kid. Justin has an uncanny ability to capture the concerns, experiences and emotions of childhood and wrap them in catchy, memorable songs.

This is well worth purchasing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lance Schupbach on August 27, 2013
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My daughters very seldom request that I replay new-to-them songs, but that's what happened after I played tracks 9, 'The Princess Wore Pink', and 11, 'School's Out (Tall Buildings)'.

If they grow up to love and seek out expertly crafted melodies and lyrics like I do, they'll tell you that as with the other 11 Justin Roberts albums we have purchased, there's not a bad song on this album.

In fact, several, including 'Looking For Trains', 'Every Little Step', 'My Secret Robot', 'We Got Two' (an incomparable ode if you know parents of twins), 'Red Bird', 'Otis', and 'Check Me Out I'm At The Checkout' are likely to join the many JR songs that are in permanent rotation in my life: 'Backyard Spaceship', 'Yellow Bus', 'Giant-Sized Butterflies' (my wife and I regularly cry when we hear this song), 'My Brother Did It' (Elvis Costello may have co-written this one), 'Henrietta's Hair', 'From Scratch', 'It's Your Birthday', 'In The Car', 'Stay-At-Home Dad', 'Cartwheels And Somersaults', 'Willy Was A Whale', 'Big Field Trip', 'Our Imaginary Rhino', and 'She Sits'.

Think that's a long list? I wont subject you to an enumeration of my favorite jokes/puns/musical references/influences among those 132 tracks.

From the Styx reference in 'My Secret Robot', to the line that will make some of your favorite teachers cry in 'School's Out', this is yet another gem-filled gem from an underappreciated craftsman and his merry band of music-makers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keely Kurtas on October 31, 2013
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We have several CDs of Justin Roberts (and the NR4NP) and love every one. When asked what he wants to listen to, my preschooler will either say "Justin Roberts" or "nothing". Mom and Dad can sing along and we have our own favorites. I snuck the pop-up robot out of our CD for myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Card on November 1, 2013
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We love this CD and since purchasing it upon its release have not replaced it with any other in the car. We can't get enough. I love hearing my kids sing along to these songs, each one brilliant and fun. Every one of them is a huge hit and the lyrics are so creative. You will not be disappointed with this CD and I am sure it will fast become your favorite too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Hamner on October 31, 2013
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My family has adored Justin Roberts and his music for seven years. My son went through a "bus" phase as a three year-old and brought home Justin's "Yellow Bus" album from the library. For the first time we discovered kids' music that was amazing and enjoyable for the entire family. With "Recess," Justin and his producer (multiple-instrument-player extraordinaire and Not Ready for Naptime Player) Liam Davis, have once again created something magical. From the first notes of the song "Recess" to the dulcet tones of "Red Bird," the entire album is full of the wonder and beauty of being alive.

Here's some thoughts on some of our favorite songs:
*Recess: accurately captures the agony of waiting for the recess bell to ring and the joy and release of heading out to recess. I especially love the "Who-esque" (Who-ish? Who-vian?) tones that open the song.

*Looking for Trains: if you have a child who loves trains, this is an exquisitely beautiful song about that constant search for a train or a train whistle. It's simply lovely.

*Every Little Step: My son's favorite song on the album. Told from a dog's point-of-view, this is a fun song about a dog's companionship. "There's no trouble as big as my heart is wide" always makes a tear come to my eye as I think about my son and his dog.

*School's Out (Tall Buildings): I've learned that I can't listen to this song in the car because it always makes me cry. Perfectly captures that end of the school year joy and melancholy, for both the students and teachers.

*Red Bird: It seems like all of Justin's albums end on a lovely, slower song, and Red Bird is no exception.

Justin Roberts' music has become the soundtrack to my family's life.
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