What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that children can discover 12 rock and roll classics with these fun renditions of hits such as "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel." Kids can easily learn the songs' melodies and harmonies, and may soon find themselves singing and dancing along.
What's the story?
BLUE SUEDE SHOES: ELVIS SONGS FOR KIDS brings Elvis Presley's music to new generations of young listeners -- presented to them by an ensemble of their peers. The lead singers and ensemble are mostly kids, with a few exceptions (most notably, the humorous apparition of Elvis at the end of "We're Gonna Move"). Elvis purists may not appreciate having their favorites reinterpreted and rearranged, but some kids are bound to prefer the more contemporary approach on this album.
Is it any good?
While the quality of musicianship remains strong throughout the album, some of the young performers aren't quite up to the challenge of conveying Elvis's distinctive vocal style: Weak delivery and limited range in "All Shook Up" and "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" mar an otherwise fun recording.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the rhythm of the songs and how it lends itself to clapping along (for younger children) or creating counter-rhythms (for older children); "We're Gonna Move" and "Baby, Let's Play House" provide complex patterns to improvise from or emulate.