Jerzy the Giant

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Rockin' album for tots and grown-ups.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Songs like "Playground" and "The Plan" present positive attitudes toward common childhood issues. "Archibald McCallister" encourages smelly kids to take a shower and "Big Baby J" discusses being a big brother in a positive and honest way.

Violence & Scariness

The song "Playground" discusses how to deal with a bully and includes lyrics about a kid being bullied and pushed down.

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Great Big Poop" is a scatological song that continually repeats the phrase "great big poop" -- although it doesn't go into any further details so it stays silly and not too gross.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a very kid-friendly album that attempts to give voice to some common childhood dilemmas. With songs about bullying, being a big brother, and trusting your friends, kids will have an easy time relating to the lyrics. Parents will enjoy an album that's presented in a light indie-rock fashion.

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What's the story?

From the drudgery of taking a shower to dealing with a messy new sibling, JERZY THE GIANT relates to the pressing issues in kids' lives. This collection of 16 songs that follow the ups (being a big brother) and downs (toilet training) of childhood are set to rock-infused rhythms and beats. The Terrible Twos bring a bumpin' pedigree to their children's music: Lead singer Matthew Pryor is a former member of The Get Up Kids and currently leads the indie-rock band, New Amsterdams.

Is it any good?

If you like Ryan Adams or Five for Fighting yourself, you probably won't mind this modern take on children's music -- and either will your kids. For the youngest listeners, there's the simple repetitive lyrics on many tracks like "Great Big Poop," Elliott Oooh," and "Lily Names Everything Sandy." This might get a little redundant for parents and older kids, but makes for easily understood messages for the preschool set. Grade schoolers will enjoy the easy-going thoughts of dealing with the adversities of being a kid and the rockin' beats that really shine on tracks such as "Jump Jump Jump" and "The Plan." And parents will appreciate the warmhearted vocals, retro pop-rock stylings, and innocent fun found on the entire album. But be warned, the last track, "Whisper the Melody," might just bring a tear to your eye.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dealing with common kid problems. Many songs on this album cover life challenges from a kid's perspective. "Playground" addresses the problem of bullying. Do you think the narrator makes a good decision on how to deal with his bully? Could you think of any other ways he can stand up for himself?

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