The Time Machine

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Apt soundtrack for kids leaving the preschool years behind.

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age 8+
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Positive Messages

Sends positive messages about solving global warming, world peace, and being nice.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song "Hailstone Man," about Marine combat pilot Bill Rankin who parachuted through a thunderstorm, celebrates the man's resilience and strength: "Can you rise and fall like a hailstone man?"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is free of any eyebrow-raising moments. The songs about growing and changing don't really get too deep into adolescent "blossoming" but instead focus on little things, like learning to read and swim. Although the group is firmly planted in punk and alt rock, the songs on this album won't overwhelm little eardrums with loud guitar riffs or riotous beats.

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Adult Written bySpivita February 18, 2010
We recently had my nieces in town (11, 13) and we were listening to this in the car. They caught on to lyrics and began singing with my daughter (7) and then as... Continue reading

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What's the story?

When you think about a time machine, what immediately comes to mind? A sci-fi tricked out space ship set to zoom into the future? What about your own body? That's the idea behind The Sippy Cups' third album, aptly titled THE TIME MACHINE. With songs about math, losing a tooth, and learning to swim, the band covers all the milestones that make childhood such a monumental time. With a blend of alternative rock, folk, and electronica, this San Francisco Bay Area band famous for its circus-style performances, is geared to supplying modern and hip tracks for their audiences to dance to.

Is it any good?

Sippy Cup concerts are said to be a real three ring circus, full of jugglers, acrobats, and silly skits. On this album, the band does a good job of bringing that frenetic mix of energy and music home to listeners. The Time Machine marks an interesting shift for the band because they actually seem to be growing up too -- celebrating that leap from the preschool years to full-fledged childhood without missing a beat. It's unclear whether the band plans to follow this generation through to adolescence, but it is nice to see a band grow, adding new material to the mix. And speaking of mixes, for listeners growing tired of the same olf kid's offerings, the Sippy Cups offer the perfect antidote with fresh, rock-inspired tunes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what type and how much media kids at this age should consume. Read our Developmental Guidelines for Kindergartners.

  • Families can also talk about how kids feel about growing up and what role models they look up to, whether characters from TV, books, or from their own families.

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