Emphatical Piratical

Common Sense Media says

Rollicking pirate songs both kids and parents can enjoy.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

More sensitive toddlers might be a little frightened by diabolical laughter on "The Plank Walk."

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that any child fascinated with pirates will find this album to be effective background music for pretend play. Songs are jolly and fun, and stylistically authentic enough not to grate on older ears.

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What's the story?

Exploring the musical seascape from coast to coast, Captain Bogg & Salty present a dozen pirate-themed ditties in a variety of styles including sea shanties, surf guitar, reggae, and even a cheery can-can. Although diabolical laughter on "The Plank Walker" might be just the teensy bit scary for some toddlers, all the material is family friendly and fun.

Is it any good?


The strongest tracks are those that feature First Mate McGraw and Chucklehead Pete (on lead guitar and banjo, respectively) -- two fine players who never "kid-ify" their performances. All the tracks are delivered with spirited glee -- fine background music for raucous pirate play, or the perfect companion for a pirate-themed book.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why pretending to be a pirate is so much fun. Is it about adventure on the high seas? Not having to bathe? Getting to say "aaargh" a lot? Parrot on your shoulder? Playing the accordion? What's your favorite pirate thing?

Music details

Artist:Captain Bogg & Salty
Release date:March 3, 2009
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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