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Children's Music Review: For the Kids

Published by: Netwerk America

Released: 2003

Reviewed: August 2004

Our Recommended Age: All Ages

Our Rating: A+








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Top Pick. Here is a children's recording that belongs in every family's music library. With its covers of Sesame Street and other children's classics, it certainly is a recording "for the kids". However, its charming reworks of favorite tunes, selection of wonderful artists, and its all-round style will win the hearts of adults as well.


For the most, For the Kids features touching and gentle songs, but the recording is not without a fair share of humor and fun (La La La La Lemons is case in point) or pep (Snow Day). Cake does the Muppets' "Mahna Mahna" in such a way that the song won't leave your head for hours, and Barenaked Ladies' rendition of the Bert and Ernie "La La La La Lemons" is incredible. Sarah McLachlan's lilting cover of "The Rainbow Connection" is pure magic, and even the tried and true classic "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is reworked in an impressive way. "Snow Day" by Bleu is a song about the need for a break in the form of a snow day, and strikes a chord in every child and adult who remembers the excitement of a snowy school closing day.


Our favorite, "The Hoppity Song", by John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, is marvelously catchy. ("Hop-hop-hippity, hop-hop-hippity..." stays in our heads long after the music has stopped spinning). "Willie the King" is one of the most moving songs I have personally heard on a children's recording. All in all, there are 16 extraordinary tracks that offer families a surprising variety of musical styles, and there are several songs on the recording that are each worth more than the price of the entire recording.



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