Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jad Fair & David Fair|
26 Monster Songs for Children
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Children's Music
No one has ever accused the siblings behind Half Japanese, Jad and David Fair, of being anywhere near conventional. When the pair released an album of children's songs, the popular reaction was far more curious than excite... more »
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No one has ever accused the siblings behind Half Japanese, Jad and David Fair, of being anywhere near conventional. When the pair released an album of children's songs, the popular reaction was far more curious than excited--a reaction that is mostly justified upon actually hearing the release. A "concept" album with 26 alphabetical songs about monsters, from the "Abominable Snowman" to the "Zombie," the scariest thing might actually be David Fair's terrifying bass rumble of a voice. (Jad's voice, an acquired taste itself, is much more listenable.) The music itself is fairly conventional, a low key, bluesy guitar backing occasional growls and roars, but the best part of the disc is actually the short, spoken introductions to the songs by an actual kid. "Queen Kong," he intones, dead serious, "is a big ape. Uh, like King Kong." --Randy Silver
vaporgirl | Los Angeles, CA USA | 12/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the one bad review for this great CD and just had to respond. I love this CD. I gave it to my 5 year old nephew and he loves this CD. I've played it for my 8 year old nephew and he loves this CD.Is the voice low and raw? Yes. A little creepy? Sure - it's a monster CD after all!
And every song is introduced by a little kid (I think he's the son/nephew of Jad and David Fair):
"Godzilla is a big fire eating monster that's like a dinosaur but only bigger" or "King Kong is like Godzilla but only he's a big ape." etc....A sample lyric from Godzilla:"Stick out your hiney and swish and prance,
Pretend there's a tail stuck in your pants,
Shake your tail and take a chance,
You're doing the Godzilla Dance....King Kong's just a big gorilla,
The king of the monsters is Godzilla
You're doing the Godzilla Dance."accompanied by very nice slide guitar. Need I say more?"
A little monotonous, but still fun
Amanda Reno | Minneapolis, MN United States | 10/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's true that David Fair's bass voice gets a little old. However, my experience has been that too many children's music CDs consist of the same bland electronic tune recycled in slightly different versions. At least on this album, actual instruments are played and an actual child speaks (unlike a couple of albums I've heard, where it's plain that the vocalists are adults trying to sound like kids, which really creeps me out).
I would not recommend this for a child who is obsessed with Disney, because the culture shock would probably be too big. However if you're in a household that likes They Might Be Giants (their old or new stuff), I think this CD would go over pretty well. That's not to say that it is in the style of TMBG, because it's not--the music is sort of jazzy/sort of bluesy, with occasional other influences. But it's like TMBG's early albums in the sense that it's strange, but it's fun to listen to and makes you want to hear more. And, it's complex enough that adults can get into it as well. For instance, the music on "King Kong" has faint Japanese overtones that would probably be lost on a kid but an adult can see the appropriateness. And, I don't know if many kids today have seen any 3D movies, but older people usually get a kick out of the line "She's a screecher at the feature when the Creature tries to reach her".
Bottom line: if the choice is between this and a Barney sing-along, this is more interesting and more mentally stimulating."