Baby Einstein World Music

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Imported lullabies get watered down in translation.

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Positive Messages

Mostly instrumental, with a few familiar and family-friendly vocals, this a safe bet for very young children.

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CD insert contains ads for other Baby Einstein and Disney products.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this collection of the world's favorite lullabies sounds a little more New Age than world beat. With ambient instruments like gentle bells
and flutes, the songs are soothing and safe -- too safe, most likely, for anyone interested in real world music. For that, we recommend CDs from the Putumayo label.

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What's the story?

On WORLD MUSIC, Baby Einstein offers twenty-two favorite lullabies from countries around the world. Beginning with its signature overture (in this case, the Baby Einstein World Music Overture), the album includes Africa's "I Am Happy," France's "Alouette," and Puerto Rico's "Arroz con Leche." Designed to help calm babies, the music makes use of gentle bells, flutes, and percussion that mesh
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into soft, soothing sounds.

Is it any good?

The songs are OK, but they all sound oddly similar, despite each one's origin from diverse countries and cultures. It may or may not soothe fussy babies -- and it's utterly listenable -- but it doesn't provide a true sense of musical or
cultural diversity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the common themes in music from around the world. Can you find any similarities in "Rainstick Joey" from Australia and the Native American "Eagle Song?" Why do cultures create lullabies, and why do they sing them?

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