Snack Time!

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Smart, goofy collection from adult alt rockers.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The socially-conscious band makes references to being environmentally friendly, being a good friend, and dealing with negative emotions.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an album they'll probably enjoy as much as their kids do. The Barenaked Ladies' first children's album -- with its catchy melodies and creative songwriting -- delivers education and fun as the group sings about things like where the Parthenon is located, the lifecycle of a frog, and metamorphosis.

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What's the story?

The Barenaked Ladies (BNL) take listeners on a musical journey through childhood on SNACK TIME! -- their first attempt at children's music. The alternative rock band has compiled 22 tracks which cover some of the bigger issues of childhood (having a bad day) along with a lot of the smaller experiences (snacks, allergies, and hand-me-downs).

Is it any good?


As a parent, you've probably heard songs about bedtime and eating your veggies, learning your ABCs and counting to 10. But BNL have taken the conventions of children's music and given them a creative twist (a celebration of silent letters, an homage to the humble eraser, a reggae riff about metamorphosis), and the result is a collection of songs that will inspire and get you thinking. Spanning numerous musical genres, most of the songs are gems, but some of the most original ones include the reggae-styled "Pollywog in a Bog," "Eraser," and "Wishing." With their irreverent appeal and off-the-wall observations, the songs are always insightful and thoughtful without being sentimental or too sweet. Even the vocal digressions the band is famous for at concerts work well on the album and will have families giggling together. Every song has lyrics worth sharing, but here's just one from the bluegrass-inspired "I Can Sing" to whet your appetite: "I can sing/I can sing/I can sing better/I can knit a scarf/but ya can't knit a sweater/When I'm underwater I couldn't be wetter/Never go swimmin' in a mohair sweater."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about creative songwriting. The Barenaked Ladies have taken mundane subjects such as popcorn and allergies and made up fun songs about them. Can you think of anything around the house or in your neighborhood that you can sing about? What about singing about the first thing you see? This could be a fun thing to do to pass the time in the car.

Music details

Artist:Barenaked Ladies
Release date:May 6, 2008
Label:Desperation Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byswawawawa March 28, 2009

its a really cool thing

im 13, and i love the barenaked ladies! and this cd allows me to listen to them with my younger siblings (which are 3 and 4) and they sing about great and funny things like ninjas and foods. they do include a line that goes: raisins come from grapes, people come from apes, and i come from canada! which suggests about evolution.
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Not just for grown ups anymore

BNL humor for the younger set. We have only downloaded a few songs from this album, but I see the rare entire album purchase in our future. Our current favorites are 789, Ninjas, Raisins, and Crazy ABC's.
Adult Written bymarsw July 9, 2009


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