In Tents



Outstanding soundtrack to circus life is fun all year long.

What parents need to know

Educational value

An entertaining education in circus fun and wonder.

Positive messages

Captures the excitement and anticipation of the circus, while touching on topics of friendship, family, and the simple joys of daily life.

Positive role models

Recess Monkey shows that you can continually write children's music that is evolving but classic, with interesting music that appeals to every age.

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

Parents need to know that In Tents is a fantastic story of the wonder and excitement of the circus. The music is reminiscent of the Beatles, mixed in with indie rock and funky pop, and lyrics that are fun and fresh, making this an album that can be enjoyed by the whole family all year long -- not just when the circus comes to town.

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What's the story?

Seattle teachers-turned kiddie rockers Recess Monkey bring the circus to your living room with their eighth studio album, In Tents. Capturing the awe and wonder of the sights, sounds, and wackiness of the circus, the 16 tracks tell the story of the big top and the most fantastic show in town. Fellow children's musicians Lunch Money, The Pop Ups, and Sugar Free Allstars are featured on the song, "Show on the Road."

Is it any good?


Who doesn't love the circus? Now there's a soundtrack that perfectly captures the thrills and splendor of the traveling wonder. With obvious Beatles' influence, the songs on In Tents call to mind images of red-and-white-striped popcorn sacks, tilt-a-whirls, prancing ponies, human cannonballs, and trapeze artists. "Crystal Ball" anticipates the all-important questions of a child: "What should I be this Halloween?" and "Will I really drive a car when I'm sixteen?" The flute-friendly "Carousel" is a sweet acoustic ode to the rhythm of riding "the perfect horse setting off on a dreamy course." In Tents is a cotton candy-coated adventure that lets you and your little clowns enjoy the circus all year long with a free ticket and a front-row seat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the circus. Have you ever been to the circus? What is your favorite part?

  • What are some other non-technology activities we can do with our friends and families?

  • What does circus music sound like? Do these songs remind you of the circus?

Music details

Artist:Recess Monkey
Release date:May 19, 2012
Label:Recess Monkey
Genre:Children's Music
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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