Enter Sandbox

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Classic '80s rock with silly, kid-friendly lyrics.

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Positive Messages

Encourages kids to get off the couch, get outside, and play!

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song "Elephant" talks about the importance of relying on those who love you -- if anything goes wrong, "I've got my friends and family there to learn from and lean on."

Consumerism

Apple Jacks, Schwinn bike.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album offers classic rock with kid-friendly lyrics and funny topics that will appeal to kids. There's nothing objectionable here. It's great air-guitar material for the entire family!

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What's the story?

This quintet of dads from New Jersey rocks out like an 80's hair band (minus the bad hair) on their sophomore album, ENTER SANDBOX. If The Who took a walk down Sesame Street, you might get Starfish. On 12 keyboard-and bass-heavy tracks they sing about the importance of bikes, stinkin' time outs, and learning to, you guessed it, rock.

Is it any good?

These musicians know how to rock like the big bands of the '70s and '80s, giving this album the classic anthem-rock sound of bands like Styx and Led Zeppelin, but with fun lyrics that talk about the everyday life of a kid. "Bike" is a dramatic ode to the power of two wheels in a child's life, and "My Name is No" is a silly but poignant perception of the overuse of a word, from a pint-sized point of view. Kids and parents will love "Learning to Rock," a step-by-step guide to rocking out with shout-outs to all the greats.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this band is made up of fathers who like to make music. Do you think a

  • musician needs to be a parent in order to write great, relatable music

  • for kids? Do you like the music and lyrics on this album? What makes it

  • good? Do the artists sing about things that kids can understand?

  • The song "My Name is No" talks about the power, and often overuse, of

  • the word "no." Have you ever felt like the kid in this song? How does it make you feel when you are always being denied?

  • "Elephant" talks about the importance of relying on your friends and

  • family when you need help or encouragement. In what ways does your

  • family help you? How about your friends? How do your loved ones make you feel better when you're feeling down?

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