Ranky Tanky

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Funky folk tunes that will get little ones on their feet.

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age 2+
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Positive Messages

Encourages kids to sing and dance along, as well as learn about instruments such as fiddles, banjos, ukuleles, horns, and jawharps.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this band is an acclaimed American string band with attitude, and kids (and parents) of all ages will enjoy the rollicking ride. There's no inappropriate content.

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Parent of a 1 and 6 year old Written byjandrewworld June 18, 2010

A children's CD that doesn't insult the kids and can entertain the adults

This album is great addition for any family CD collection. The band does not talk down to the children like so many children's albums and has this wonderfu... Continue reading

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the different sounds featured on this

  • album. Which instruments do you recognize? Which sound new or different?

  • Talk about folk music. What do you like about it, and what makes it so popular? Why do you think it stands the test of time?

Music details

For kids who love fun and educational songs

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