Frances England is one of these arists.Every once in a while, I come upon some new children’s music that makes me want to grab other parents on the street, plop my headphones over their head and scream, "You’ve got to hear this!"
A kids’ music artist who lists Liz Phair among her influences–let’s just say it’s hard to go wrong here. England’s debut album, Fascinating Creatures, is a collection of songs that are lyrically and musically appropriate for kids, but with enough of an edge that they could pass for grown-up music. Her lyrics throughout the album are smart and original. Rather than going for obvious rhymes, she writes in a conversational rhythm and creates beautiful images for the listener.
Check out a few sample tracks, then be sure to get your copy of Fascinating Creatures. Because in a year or two, when Frances England is a Very Big Deal in the world of children’s music–which I guarantee she will be–you’ll be able to say, "Oh, Frances? Yeah, we’ve been listening to her foreeeeeeever." –Amy