Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome!

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Fun and funky songs to get kids moving.

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Positive messages

"It's Okay to Try Again" encourages kids to be good sports: "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but it's OK to try again...do your best so you can hold your head high."

Positive role models

Songs encourage listeners to get involved with the music by dancing and imitating the vocals, with words of encouragement. There also are songs about loving your family and going to school to get an education.

Consumerism

The album includes the Yo Gabba Gabba! TV series theme song and promotes the series by way of the songs, the majority of which have been featured on the show.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD includes songs from the popular and groundbreaking Nick Jr. TV series, Yo Gabba Gabba! The songs are mostly high-energy dance tracks that offer kids good reason to get up and groove. Of course, there's nothing objectionable here; rather, many of the songs give positive messages, from big lessons such as learning to play nice to specifics such as dental hygiene and hand washing.

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What's the story?

Yo Gabba Gabba! isn't your ordinary preschool TV show. It's well-known for its retro puppets and funky music accompaniment and has attracted many hip celebrities to its Technicolor stage. Now with YO GABBA GABBA: MUSIC IS AWESOME!, kids can enjoy the upbeat tunes they know and love from the show. Even kids who aren't familiar with the program will appreciate the cool, funky sounds. Like a preschool dance party, this CD features lots of techno-infused pop tracks that sound like they could be straight from a deejay's turntable rather than a kiddie album.

Is it any good?

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If you want to be the cool parent, this is the album you need to be blasting at the next playdate. It's fun, funky, and kid-friendly. How many other kids' albums can sing about washing hands and getting over rejection all while sounding like they're coming from a rave or '70s disco party? Elements of Parliament Funkadelic, Blondie, and other groundbreaking pop sounds collide in a friendly and fun manner here, and the result is musical confetti. Guaranteed to get the kiddies charged up more than a bag of lollipops, this CD is perfect for rainy days when the kids need to work off some energy. Thank goodness there's also an adequate cooldown with a handful of mellow songs to get kids ready for bed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being a good sport. How do you act when you win a game? What about when you lose?

  • Many songs here inspire dancing. Getting up and moving around is a great way to keep your body healthy. Can you think of any other ways to get moving? Do you dance to this TV show as well? Why is it important to move away from the computer and TV and get some physical exercise?

  • Does listening to this CD make you want to watch the television show? How much time should you spend watching TV shows such as Yo Gabba Gabba! each day? Is it difficult to stop watching shows when they come on one right after the other?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:December 22, 2009
Label:FILTER U.S.
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bymistercooke February 21, 2011
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Funky music and positive messages creatively co-exist

Amazing music from a unique and totally creative show. And there are positive messages throughout. Our girls love Yo Gabba Gabba and these CD's allow us to take the cool,magical vibe with us on the road. And the funky, hip-hop songs satisfy the demands of maturing five-year-old.
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