Kids’ Music That’s Actually Good

Party Animals

I’m a firm believer that children can appreciate the tunes as they were intended to be heard–i.e. singers that don’t make you pray for an irreparable crack in the CD–if you just give them a chance. Which is why the CMP staff have always been such fans of the Putumayo Kids series of music.

Jackson Pollock for Your Ears

Whenever I hear about a new "alternative" kids album, I grab it off the shelf, listen hopefully to the acoustic arrangement of "Sheri Had a Little Lamb" (or whatever) and bang my discerning ear drums against a wall. To me, music should be serious business. And by business, I mean something more tolerable than your average American Idol tryout. More artistic integrity, less Sanjaya.

We’re Gonna Rock This House

How can you not be intrigued by a band referred to as "the Aerosmith of kids music?" This isn’t to say that they’re going to cast the lead singer’s barely legal daughter as a Lolita in their next music video, but if you stick with the music part – that’s a pretty accurate description of South Jersey boys and much lauded kid rockers Ernie and Neal.