A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that though this CD is put out by Nickelodeon and features Dora the Explorer on the cover, nothing on the album is tied to any of the shows or characters you might expect. Instead, be prepared for extremely relaxing old-school instrumental covers of classic songs like "Moon River" and "Greensleeves," along with a new release by Columbia recording artist Brandi Carlile.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Without the visual backup from the DVD series, My 5 Senses is unable to attract or hold the listener's attention. And it doesn't help that the producers' earnest good intentions seem to get in the way of anybody ever expressing an original musical idea -- or having any fun. The CD insert boasts that "Braincandy cares about helping give children a healthy world to grow up in. That's why the packaging is made with soy-based inks and 30 percent post-consumer recycled material." If only the songs didn't sound so recycled, we might have something here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why certain music is sleep inducing and why it's nice to drift off listening to pretty songs. You can talk about the artists behind the original versions of the songs (like Carol King and the Beatles) and let your kids hear them and compare. Are there other CDs in your "grown-up" collection that might help send your kids off to sleep?