Back in July I posted a PSA entitled Road trip survival - children's music you'll atually enjoy too! As a result I was contacted by two different small publishers asking if I'd review their CDs as well. I said sure, send 'em up and I'll have my kids pass judgement, and lo, they did. Here's a quick review of those two, plus one recommendation I can't believe I forgot last time around.
- Rock Daddy Rock: silly short songs for silly short people. (also available on iTunes). You can listen to samples on the website. The subtitle speaks volumes on this one - it's for silly short people, but not their parents. In fact, the kids didn't seem to care for it much either. A fair amount of body-related humour, but even more prescriptive songs about turning off the tv, cleaning rooms, don't spit, etc.
- Let's Go Green Kids (also available on iTunes and with song snippets on the website). This one was much better for both my kids and the parents. Much better songwriting and singing, with a good message as well. The only drawback is that while individually the songs are very good, listening to a whole album about going green became a little repetitive for the Wife and me. Kids didn't seem to mind, and the 4-year-old regularly sings the Tin Can Can around the house. As expected, this one ships in a simple cardboard sleeve. :-)
- Finally, I should've included Charlie and Lola's Favourite and Best Music Record in my first posting. Definitely a winner at our house; a CD I'll actually choose to listen to from time to time (like, over adult music). Wonderful reproduction of the whimsy of the show and books by the same name. I think the magic here is in the percussion instruments, somehow. Only drawback is that it appears to be a real bear to obtain in North America, but it's worth it - trust me on this one!