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Yo Gabba Gabba! (CD)

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Frivolous, frenetic music from Nick TV series.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive, toddler-friendly messages about friendship and snacks.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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!

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:October 14, 2008
Label:Nick Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 them obnoxious, and I'm sure my little girl would probably LOVE them, I'm going to have to pass, because there are better, more talented people, that make great songs for little kids. Not repetitive dancey techno-like songs.
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Parent of a 2 year old Written bybaba boo March 28, 2010
Parent of a 2 year old Written bydaveed May 23, 2009

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