A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that most of these positive songs emphasize the importance of being happy. Some of the songs are a bit long -- one clocks in at almost 6 minutes -- but kids won't get bored with these upbeat tunes (except for the repetitive beats and simple melody of "Music is My Friend"). Themes range from the silly ("Eating Some Pizza") to history ("John Henry") to peace ("The Peace Song").
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What's the story?
MUSIC MAKES ME HAPPY's upbeat tempo seems to make Robbi K and Friends' voices happy, too. And in case there's any confusion over her mood, listen to track 9, titled \"Happy! Happy! Happy! Happy! Happy.\" This is Robbi's third CD, featuring guests like Riverdance fiddler Eileen Ivers and Jon \"Bowzer\" Bauman of Sha Na Na. The album brings in many musical styles, from island vibes on \"Summer's Here\" to torch song touches on \"Got Me Laughing Blues,\" which if you didn't listen to the lyrics about taking a bath in the sink, could easily be performed in an adult jazz club. \"The Peace Song\" -- which starts with a spoken word and morphs into a beautiful vocal and string arrangement -- ends the album on a strong note.
Is it any good?
The CD's lyrics are simple enough for toddlers to sing along to -- with lines like "Sometimes, my friends make me mad!" -- but are modern enough to draw them in ("it's my bling, bling"). The vocals aren't polished (especially on "I Love My Teacher"), but that's part of their charm; they range from kids singing to Robbi K's strong, clear voice. Overall, this album is an optimistic one. Robbi says in one of her songs, "a positive attitude, baby, will do you a world of good"; and after listening to these 11 tracks, it seems a world listeners would want to live in.