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 these songs entertain children as young as a year, some teens also enjoy both the music and controlling the animation on tracks like "Clap Your Hands" and "The Edison Museum."
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What's the story?
Slide NO! into your computer and prepare to be amazed by They Might Be Giants' zany creativity. Brilliantly colored images dot the screen, dancing or exploding at the click of a mouse and illustrating nonsense lyrics reminiscent of Edward Lear. To the beat of folky rock guitar, keyboards, drum, and bass, budding readers can sing along and see the words at the same time. \"I Am Not Your Broom\" involves a conversation between John and his broom, in which the broom declares, \"I'm throwing off my chains of servitude.\" \"Wake Up Call\" consists of nothing but the syllables bo, do, ba, and baw, but on their computers, kids can set animated clocks to the time signaled by dancing roosters.
Is it any good?
Is this educational children's music or a magical mystery tour? They Might Be Giants have given us a combination in this album, and most of the time it works. Adults who are not already TMBG fans may be won over; others may find the songs too pointless or even mildly subversive. But children delight in them, and older siblings get a kick out of the animations set to music, too.