Yo Gabba Gabba! (CD)

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Frivolous, frenetic music from Nick TV series.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Positive, toddler-friendly messages about friendship and snacks.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

No obvious product placement in lyrics: packaging unavailable for review. Tied in to same-name TV series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD -- which comes from the popular Nick Jr. TV series -- is only available via iTunes. Energetic and fun, this isn't something you'll want to play before nap time. But it is age-appropriate for even the littlest listeners.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bybaba boo March 28, 2010
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bymommy2jasmine January 24, 2010

Great for kids, but too weird

Although I can see the positive this might have, I honestly think it's creepy. I don't like the songs. I can see why kids would love them, but I find... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2009

Cute and Totally OK. Gives a brand new meaning to kid's shows.

It's a fun variety show for young ones. It is tender and cute for the younger ones in my family, however, it is sort of annoying for older ones, such as my... Continue reading

What's the story?

For very young children only, this first compilation of YO GABBA GABBA songs might be harder to love if you're not already a fan of the popular Nickelodeon TV show. The CD's 13 very simple songs each address one specific concept or moment in preschool life. Titles like "Party in My Tummy," "Get the Sillies Out," and "Pool Party" feature repetitive lyrics and synthesized instrumental tracks.

Is it any good?

Though the songs are fun and sometimes even funny, they don't display a level of musicianship or humor that will appeal to the whole family. The synthesized tracks seem carelessly mixed, the repetitive arrangements may be hard for parents to love, and the overall ethos seems to be that since toddlers won't know the difference, why bother delivering irony or wit anyway?

That said, there are a couple of highlights: "Hey, Won't Somebody Come Out and Play," performed by The Little Ones, features nice harmonies and a hook-filled melody. And "Happy Birthday" delivers an excellent performance by the Ting Tings. The songs are short, lively, and energetic -- definitely not for nap time!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "Party in My Tummy." What do you like to eat that makes you feel like you've got a party in your tummy? What do you think the point of that song is? Families can also discuss whether it's as much fun to listen to the music on this CD as it is to watch the TV show. Why or why not?

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