Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Pint-sized music festival hits bring parents' faves to kids.

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Positive Messages

There's an overall message of being yourself and not letting others influence how you feel. Secret Agent 23 raps on "Gotta Be Me" that "it's a beautiful thing being yourself and not trying to act like anybody else." On "Fools Will Try" Ralph Covert sings "Be true to the truth you found although fools will try, to bring you down and if you fall don't feel that you failed, you'll always find, your feet again and if you rise with a smile on your face the world will marvel at your grace."

Positive Role Models & Representations

All of the songs present positive behavior in a fun and light-hearted way. "Cool to be Uncool" makes wearing warm clothes seem appealing, "The Patience Bossa" is all about learning to wait and Lisa Loeb's "In the Details" shows little ones that small things matter.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an album full of family-friendly tunes, with songs that should appeal to various age groups, including adults. Lots of the songs teach life lessons through hip hop, punk, and jazz tracks, so little ears will also get schooled in the world of musical styles. (But be warned, this CD features several songs that also appear on A World of Happiness, so owners of that equally kid-appropriate album might want to pass on this round.)

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Parent of a 2 and 5-year-old Written bytksawyer April 16, 2011

Fun for the Parents and Kids!

Really fun music. Real instruments - not fake, processed music. Fun for the whole family.

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What's the story?

You might recall the Lollapalooza concert festivals from years past. Well, they're still rocking on and have recently added a family-friendly segment to the line-up for all those grunge-addicts-turned-parents. To celebrate the Kidzapalooza portion of the festival, the organizers, including Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Ferrell have created an album full of some of the best performers from the past few years. You'll find the punk rock mamas The Candy Band, Lisa Loeb, and Jack Johnson bandmate Zach Gill. This is only volume one, so expect more rockin' tracks in the future.

Is it any good?

How cool is it to find a song ("Back in the Day") that pays homage to '80's sneakers? "I had a pair of Kangaroos, not the animals, but the tennis shoes, kept my lunch money on a pocket on the side, I was convinced the shoes made me jump high." Besides this Zach Gill blast from the past, there's also a ton of foot thumpin' and dance-inspiring songs that should get the whole family off the couch. The Candy Band rocks the traditional "Skip to My Lou" and Lunch Money offers a super silly groove with a "Cookie as Big as My Head." But there are some softer songs to balance out the kinetic beats, like Frances England's "Spring Has Sprung" which sweetly blossoms and the eternally relevant "Fool's Will Try." Kudos to Secret Agent 23, for a slamming hip-hop that's smart and slick at the same time. Overall this album manages to combine some of the most talented and varied children's artists of today into one cohesive album.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Does listening to a happy song put you in a good mood? How does the music you listen to affect your moods and outlook on life? Read "Less Aggressive Media Results in Less Aggressive Kids" and think about ways to improve your child's media diet.

  • Families can talk about different childhood experiences. The song "Back in the Day" discusses singer/songwriter Zach Gill's memories of being a kid. Moms and dads, compare with your kids what being a kid was all about. What games did you play, what toys did you want and what clothes did you where. Kids, do you think that much has changed since your parents were young?

  • "In the Details" might inspire listeners to take a look at the small stuff in their world. Can you name some little things you might find in a garden, on the beach, or even in a kitchen?

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