Take It Outside

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Quirky indie-rock is witty, but best for school-aged kids.

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Positive Messages

"What We Got" teaches kids to appreciate everything we have, in nature and life. "Neighbors" appreciates everyone for who they are, despite differences, talking about a "lady who eats meat," "some who paint graffiti," and how "some are gamblers and some are saints." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

"The Naked Truth" is about a man who stayed true to his "naked self" even when others made fun of him.

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Sexy Stuff

"The Naked Truth" is about a man who prefers to be free of clothes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is a fun, indie folk-rock album that sports off-the-wall humor; it includes songs about extraterrestrial friends who reside in Roswell and a naked man who doesn't like to be bare in the shower. The song "Antidisestablishmentarianism" pokes fun at the Anglican church of the 19th century England. The topic is a little much for young, inquisitive minds, and may require some explanation.

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What's the story?

Life-long friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing have made a name for themselves by sticking to their indie-rock roots and making funny, witty kids' music about life, nature, and all things silly. Their second album, TAKE IT OUTSIDE, showcases the same indie-rock style with 13 tracks about different neighbors, tippy-tippy toes, extraterrestrials, and a confident man in his, ahem -- birthday suit.

Is it any good?

If you're tired of the same old kids' music and crave something different, then Take It Outside is a fun alternative. The music is upbeat, favoring bluegrass and banjos, and brings to light the importance of washing your face and keeping water balloons in their place. "Tippy Toes" is silly fun for kids, and "Neighbors" gives a good lesson in loving and accepting yours. There are some eyebrow-raising moments concerning a man in the nude ("The Naked Truth") and a really long word that questions authority ("Antidisestablishmentarianism"), but it's in good humor and could spark a dinner conversation or two with your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the songs here have a very different sound. What do you like about it? What instruments do you hear that are unusual? Do you like what the songs are about? Do you think they are funny?

  • "Neighbors" is a song about how we're all different. What do you think about this song? Give some examples of how you and your friends might be different, and how that's okay.

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For kids who love to be silly

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