Lullabies for a Small World
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|Audio CD, August 26, 2003||
The true test of whether a lullaby collection holds up happens mid-morning: If, after breakfast, the songs soothe and placate--if they insinuate themselves into a peaceful day instead of sending you face-first into the nearest lumpy pillow--it's a keeper. In more than a dozen releases, Ellipsis Arts has yet to fail this test, but Lullabies for a Small World scores particularly high. The world designation makes it a catch-all for the best compositions from previous records. The word "beautiful" rarely takes on so many qualifiers--the U.S.-derived "Lullaby for Erin" is achingly so, the Ukranian "Zavishu Ja Kolysochku" hauntingly, the Russian "Spyat Ustalie Egrushki" sweetly, and the French "Fais Dodo" is quaintly, quirkily beautiful. As with all Ellipsis products, a pop-up sleeve inside the case nestling the liner notes ups an already stunning presentation--few records will look prettier tied in ribbon. --Tammy La Gorce
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Even as an adult I enjoy listening to this album. It certainly doesn't have an annoying or childish feel to it; rather it's calming and sophisticated! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in bed-time music.
Truly soothing, never trite or cloying.
An album an adult will enjoy listening to that will also do the trick to get your kid down.