Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop, Children's Music
Everything about this CD, from its eye-popping cool packaging to its beautiful booklet, is wonderful, perhaps peerless. It's a study that spans 16 countries, catching paeans to childhood sleep from varied traditions. The s... more »
Everything about this CD, from its eye-popping cool packaging to its beautiful booklet, is wonderful, perhaps peerless. It's a study that spans 16 countries, catching paeans to childhood sleep from varied traditions. The set traverses the Cape Breton Gaelic tradition with the Rankin Family, Haiti with pop stars Boukman Eksperyans, and the African continent with music from Tonga, Algeria, and Cameroon. Despite their distances from each other, at times the songs sound quite alike. Voices might begin alone but then gather into choral size, with a reliance on wordless passages to emphasize the flow of time as sleep encroaches. In execution, the surprises are many. Algerian Houria Aïchi sounds East Indian; the Traditional Japanese Music Ensemble of New York sounds poised somewhere between a stately concert of historical court music and a touching homage to childhood; and German singer Michelle sounds pop-music ready even as she toes the line on singing a sleep-triggering song. Beyond being a great collection of international music, this is probably the most interesting mix available of cultural voices approaching the issue of children sleeping. --Andrew Bartlett
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Wonderful lullabies from around the world!
Malena King | Los Angeles, CA | 01/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The mood of this CD is peaceful and the melodies are beautiful. The sounds are sometimes as foreign as they are soothing, but the message of calmness is unmistakeable. It not only works for quieting my toddler down after fun at bathtime, it also works for us parents. Since one doesn't get distracted by deciphering lyrics it's all about the music. I definitely recommend it to anyone, big or small, interested in world music and broadening horizons."