Catch That Train

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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All aboard for train-loving fun!

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Positive messages about inclusiveness, friendship, and nature.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dan Zanes has a thing about trains. If your kids do, too, they'll love this folksy CD.

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 and 6-year-old Written byjandrewworld June 20, 2010

I listened to this for a month straight and didn't share it with my kids.

To me, this album captures the magic of the seasons, singing about summer trips, and live music. Zanes blends traditional world music with his own sense of acou... Continue reading
Adult Written bythelovelymrsdavis April 9, 2008

Amazing Music for the Whole Family

Musically, this album is diverse and inspired. And thematically, it's packed with populist thought and community building. It's a socially-conscious a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2014


I grew up listening to this. It's wonderful.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why trains seem to have become part of this country's folk legends. Also, families can try to identify the wide variety of instruments played on these otherwise simple songs.

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