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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Some covers, some classics; all dreamy lullabies.

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Gentle messages of supportive love, with musical integrity that shows respect for children's (and their parents') intelligence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mae Robertson draws from soft-rock classics and well-known poems set to music on this rare treasure: An album of lullabies that's also intriguing enough not to automatically put parents to sleep while driving. Appropriate for all ages, this CD features exquisite musicianship and tasteful arrangements of songs that have become classics for a very good reason.

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What's the story?

Instead of going for the obvious (simplistic arrangements of sappy ditties presented with mind-numbing repetition), Mae Robertson has chosen for her DREAM album to cover songs by a roster of classic-rock and alt-country artists that includes James Taylor, Paul Simon, Dar Williams, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan -- tastefully arranged with spare and lovely (mostly acoustic) accompaniment and sung with her signature crystal-clear warmth. Though all of the instrumental tracks are stellar, Charlotte Roberts' cello stands out, as does Jon Carroll on piano.

Is it any good?

On her Dream CD, Robertson draws upon soft-rock classics and beloved poetry for this lovely collection of sweet, dreamy songs that are likely to calm fussy babies' nerves while also enchanting their parents -- a rarer-than-you'd-think accomplishment on lullaby albums.

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  • Families can talk about what makes this CD different from most lullaby albums. Is it the excellent musicianship, the beautiful singing, the choice of songs, or a combination? You can also use this lovely album to talk about dreams. Do you remember yours? Do you ever share your dreams with your family or write them down? Sometimes it's fun to draw a picture or write a story about something you dreamed.

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