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What's the story?
Acclaimed American string band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem are showing off their pickin' and swingin' talents on their first family album, RANKY TANKY. With funky folk beats that draw you in from the first note, the 16 songs here are surprising, original, and infectious. With covers of artists like Cat Stevens, Tom Petty, and even Nat King Cole, Ranky Tanky gives kids a great lesson in enduring music and sounds with Daisy Mayhem's sassy mix of fiddles, banjos, ukuleles, horns, and jawharps.
Is it any good?
When a children's band uses inspiration from Cat Stevens, Tom Petty, and Nat King Cole all on one album, it's bound to be good. The songs on Ranky Tanky introduce little ears to a wide range of sounds and styles. Every song is a pleasant surprise, and at just the right moments, there are short snacks like "Where'd You Get That Hat?" and "Kind Kangaroo," 30-second ditties that make you stop, take a break, and listen. Petty's "Wildflowers" is a great addition here, and kids will love the modern rendition of "Purple People Eater." "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out," a Cat Stevens classic, kicks off the CD with a boom, and the fun doesn't stop until the very end.