A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Dan Zanes brings his unique style to 18 folksy songs; enough of them are about trains to call this a theme album. With a troupe of talented friends and imaginative instrumentation, he delivers tracks (get it?) that are a cut above most children's folk music albums. For those who think that Dan Zanes is their little alternative-kids-music secret, it may come as a surprise to see this CD at Starbucks. But you will be relieved to know that CATCH THAT TRAIN is as quirky as any of Zanes' previous efforts. Highlights include "Mariposa Ole" (in Spanish, and including a beautiful vocal by Barbara Brousal), a very odd cover of the Rufus Thomas R&B classic "Walkin' the Dog," and the Children of Agape singing "Pigoo."
Is it any good?
Multilingual, multicultural, and multi-talented, this ragtag band of minstrels takes us on a lighthearted journey through a variety of musical styles with happy songs about locomotion, nature, and friendship, performed and produced with attentive care. Most of the album lopes along at a comfortable, easy, and interesting pace. The wide variety of instruments used will make the tunes more interesting to parents, and appealing and fun for kids. The lyrics and chords to all the songs are thoughtfully included, in case you want to play and sing them at home.