A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this re-release of Sesame Street favorites contains no big surprises -- just full-tilt dance-party fun on 15 songs guaranteed to get the whole family's feet moving. As with most Sesame Street products, toddlers will like the rhythms and silly voices while older siblings and parents enjoy expert musicianship and quirky word play.
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What's the story?
Sesame Street's A-team producers and songwriters (Ed Mitchell, Christopher Cerf, Jeff Moss, Tony Geiss, Norman Stiles, and others) are the real stars of HOT! HOT! HOT! DANCE SONGS. Each song features familiar Sesame Street character voices camping it up over expertly-recorded tracks, and the lyrics are clever enough for the whole family to enjoy. The arrangements explore a variety of irresistibly danceable musical styles from Dixieland to disco (not to mention Charleston, reggae, Latin, and more).
Is it any good?
Highlights are Cookie Monster's goofy yet poignant "Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco;" Kermit's reggae stylings on "Do de Rubber Duck" about all the stuff that happens when you take a bath; and the surprisingly soulful, girl group sound on "Silly Squirrel Dance" ("Now give your tail a shake, then you shout 'yahoo!'/hey, if you don't have a tail, then your neck will do") and "A New Way to Walk." There may be a more fun (and funny) way to get your kids to enjoy movement and dancing, but it's hard to imagine what it is.