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Genres: Folk, Pop, Children's Music
Family Tree ranks as singer/songwriter Tom Chapin's best overall children's release. Chapin applies a grand musical scheme, integrating horns, well-recorded large ensembles, and more, which results in a mix that will wow p... more »
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Family Tree ranks as singer/songwriter Tom Chapin's best overall children's release. Chapin applies a grand musical scheme, integrating horns, well-recorded large ensembles, and more, which results in a mix that will wow parents and kids alike. He prefers narrative-oriented songs, and here does a wonderful job on a father-son relationship in "Shovelling" and includes a touching lullaby-like farewell to friends on "Together Tomorrow." Unlike lots of children's music, in which a simple vibe is struck and then stuck with throughout, this collection varies with each song, often using humor to ease kids into a realm where they can grasp some kernel of truth about themselves and their parents. His take on the "Big Rock Candy Mountain" is inventive (and shrewdly avoids the liquor-guzzling references in the original), and there's a politically progressive angle to the entire recording. --Andrew Bartlett
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"When my daughter was young I found this terrific (then taped) music. It was a tremendous relief from the treacle and repetitious stuff that made me want to drive off the road. Even her older brother thought it was fun. Fast forward to today and my granddaughter is in line for her own copy of Family Tree. My son was both touched and delighted as he recalled long trips home in the dark with the funny and sweet songs that had his parents singing and made his sister stop whining. Give it as a gift, save it for yourself, but know that Chapin's kind and gentle view of the what children should know combined with his sense of humor is just what you'd like your precious grandchildren to hear about the world in which they will grow up."