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Fast & Feisty
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Princess Katie and Racer Steve employ a variety of retro, rootsy musical styles to deliver positive and educational messages -- about everything from cultural acceptance and world peace to using your imagination and having fun -- with energetic warmth.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
The lyrics, meant to deliver positive, inclusive messages, will delight children with a larger-than-usual helping of goofy imagination, and enough clever twists to please parents as well. Standouts are "Bubbles," a song in which magical food is promised at a new restaurant in town and diners order up "your tall, thirst-quenching, much-needed, glass of world peace," and "We Dress Ourselves," a cheerfully punkish ode to liberating one's wardrobe ("We dress ourselves in stripes and dots/we dress ourselves in neon spots/we dress ourselves without interference"). The musicianship and songwriting are not truly extraordinary, but Steve and Katie's sense of fun, lively imagination, and obvious love of authentic roots music -- along with high production standards and Katie's warmly sparkling lead vocals -- work together to create a collection of songs and ideas that somehow ends up being greater than the sum of its parts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the songs' various messages. "Sneakers," an ode to speedy and comfy footwear, starts out with a count-off in Japanese. How many languages can you count in? "Hide & Seek" is a silly ditty about the hazards of playing active games in princess clothes -- has that ever happened to you?