What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Nick Jr. TV tie-in CD is likely to drive anyone over the age of 4 a little nuts, but will probably be adored by any preschoolers in the vicinity.
What's the story?
GROOVE TO THE MUSIC features music from
The Backyardigans, a beloved Nick Jr. TV show. The CD utilizes a wide variety of musical styles on 18 short songs meant for toddler enjoyment. Though most parents will find this selection of babyish vocals and repetitive lyrics tiresome, many will appreciate the well-played instrumental tracks and the impressive array of international music themes. The strongest tracks are those that pay tribute to genres with American roots. "What's So Scary 'bout That?" and "The Ballad of the Brave Pink Knight" deal with fear of the dark and being brave, with lyrics that are more interesting and well-written than the rest, and terrific big band/jump-swing backing tracks. "Aha!" boasts wonderful folksy acoustic guitar and a sly message about being a hero.
Is it any good?
The CD offers an opportunity to introduce toddlers to a variety of music styles, including rock, pop, Celtic, calypso, Dixieland, and reggae rhythms. While "I Love Being a Princess" and "Oh, My Sherman" (inexplicably sung to the tune of "My Darling Clementine") could easily have been left off the CD, most songs should delight the very young. Little children who love the Backyardigans are likely to be enchanted, and parents might enjoy using the variety of styles as a jumping-off point for sharing some favorites from their own music libraries.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the wide variety of musical styles represented here. The more musically adventurous can then search their music libraries for "real" songs with similar stylistic influences.