Chickens

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Jazzy country tunes round-up originals, classics.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about friendship and non-materialistic values.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Two funny scatological references: a goat "tinkles on the tulips" and a dog leaves a stinky "present."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Buck Howdy can't resist the teensiest bit of scatalogical humor on a couple of his country tunes: Granny (who turns out to be a goat, not a relative) "tinkles on the tulips" and the family dog leaves a stinky gift on "Woulda Coulda Shoulda." Delivered with a wink and a lopsided grin, these lyrics will make this CD all the more appealing to kids, especially those who've recently mastered the potty. Most of the songs are original, with a few scattered classics throughout ("You Are My Sunshine" and "I'm My Own Grandpa").

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What's the story?

Your favorite goofball uncle is back, only this time -- yikes! -- he's brought a date. Don't worry, Buck Howdy is still full of wacky fun on CHICKENS, even if he has to slip you that whoopee cushion underneath a practical gift of underpants and socks. BB is along for the ride as Buck's songwriting collaborator and duet partner, smoothing out the sound with honey-warm harmonies and her own twinkly sense of humor. Here's a CD that will be appealing to any kid with a sense of humor and a sense of rhythm -- and older siblings and parents, too.

Is it any good?

As always, Howdy's music is magnificently produced in classic country-swing style -- accessible to very young children without ever being condescending -- featuring impressive fiddle, piano, and guitar work that would be appropriate on the stage of any honky-tonk roadhouse. Paying honest tribute to Americana roots music pays off well in this album.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "Woulda Coulda Shoulda" ("Meant to study for my 'rithmatic test/it slipped my mind, now I'm starting to sweat/I hear the school bell ringing, not one minute left/and I'll be grounded till I'm 95 if I get an F") and the concept of regret. Kids, was there something that you meant to do but just didn't? What kept you from getting it done? "Are You Having Any Fun?" addresses the ambitious subject of materialism versus quality of life in language easily understood by toddlers. What makes you happy? Do you need lots of money to do the things you love? Kids can also try to work out the mind-twisting genealogy on "I'm My Own Grandpa."

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