A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although Muppets: The Green Album features hip rock bands like Weezer and My Morning Jacket who typically make music for adults, all of the bands sing these classic Muppet songs verbatim, so there are no iffy lyrics. The result is an album full of fun, inspirational tunes with a modern rock sound -- a great choice for kids and adults alike.
What's the story?
On this wholesome but cool album, contemporary rockers like My Morning Jacket, OK Go, Alkaline Trio, and The Airborne Toxic Event put a new spin on timeless Muppet tunes, including "Rainbow Connection," "Bein' Green," and "Wishing Song." The end result is a collection of squeaky-clean, hip tunes that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Is it any good?
It's hard to say which are the truly standout songs among the many excellent tracks on this record. The light, lovely quality of Andrew Bird's "Bein' Green," the eclectic rendition of the "Muppet Show Theme Song" by OK Go, and the hilarious take on "Mahna Mahna" by The Fray are just a few of the tracks that families will find themselves listening to over and over. This is an excellent album for kids (and parents) of all ages to share and enjoy together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the differences between the classic versions of these songs by Kermit the Frog and other Muppets and the new versions on this album. Which do you like better?
Does hearing a classic track sung by someone else change how you feel about the song? Why or why not?