A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Hipwaders are fun, cute, and very good for you, if short on subtlety. If you like hit-you-over-the-head messages about family life and the importance of learning new things, or if you hold children's music to less stringent standards than the stuff you like, then the Hipwaders will deliver immense satisfaction.
What's the story?
Despite the Hipwaders' heavily touted rock band experience and "Beatles-influenced" songwriting, the group seems at its best when they depart from their beloved rock arrangements. "Song of the Paleo Pirate" (perky whistling and clean, sea-shanty ambiance) and "You've Got to Move" (relaxed Reggae groove) are by far the most charming and successful tracks on EDUCATED KID, as well as the best-suited to the singer's vocal abilities.
Is it any good?
The Hipwaders are as good for you as a vitamin; as musically inspiring as your middle school band teacher. Everything about Educated Kid is at least adequate: The singing is competent, the musicianship is pretty good garage-band level, instrumental arrangements are varied but absolutely derivative, and the message is resolutely sincere.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "Little Baby Brother," a song that expresses ambivalence and jealousy over the birth of a new sibling. How do (did) you feel about the birth of a baby sister or brother? Pick a song, any song, on this album and you will find an easily identifiable message to discuss.