Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Trout Fishing in America|
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Children's Music
Trout Fishing in America records are the musical version of face licks from floppy-eared hounds--it doesn't get much friendlier than this. InFINity, the duo's 10th album and their fifth for kids, carries forth the warm, we... more »
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Trout Fishing in America records are the musical version of face licks from floppy-eared hounds--it doesn't get much friendlier than this. InFINity, the duo's 10th album and their fifth for kids, carries forth the warm, wet tradition. Here, Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood cast their nets far and wide, reeling in tunes that range from folk to Cajun to general kid stuff to a Shaft-meets-Charlie Brown brand of funk, as Grimwood aptly puts it. The result is a fun, musically faultless wackfest, which, even with all its varied influences, never once dips below a loyalist's expected pizzazz level. A case in point is "My Best Day," whose Paul Simon-ish intro paves the way to lyrics about kid euphoria: sister's evicted from her bedroom, a blue sparkle drum set is scored, etc. While it's snowing whipped cream and raining chocolate on that tune, trouble's brewing on "You Can't Go," on which a player piano teases the song's slothful target. "Your daddy tried to warn you and your mama told you so," but the homework didn't get done and the dog didn't get fed, so it's sayonara, Charlie. A few songs cast a line toward the very young--"Your Name Backwards" works spelling wonders on the just-learning-to-read set, and "Simon Says" and "Dinosaur in Your Bathtub" set standard cases of the sillies in motion. Older folks will want to take the bait too, and not only because songs like "Are We There Yet" beckon backseat bickerers to play along. This record, with its unmatched gloom-chasing quotient, isn't apt to cause parental embolisms, even after a seemingly inFINite number of spins. --Tammy La Gorce
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loce_the_wizard | Lilburn, GA USA | 12/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood have got the number of kids from 6 to 12, during those great years before kids start listening to the wasteland of commercial radio. Once more, as on their previous CDs for kids, the fare is all about big helpings of fun. "Your Name Backwards" will probably set off a frenzy of wild pronunciations and word games, not a bad side effect (especially on family road trips). "My Best Day" captures the magic of turning 10 without being sappy or silly. "Junk Food Jump" shows how versatile these guys can be---and it's right on a kid's vibe. Ezra and Keith have that special ability to charm kids and not bore adults to death. They don't preach or look down at their subject matter. And they can flat out play and sing. Plus, these are well-crafted recordings with great artwork. You could do far worse than adding some Trout Fishing in America CDs to your collection."
These guys just keep getting better!
J. J. Rouse | Brentwood, TN USA | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From another family musician and a fan of theirs: I hear lots of musicians trying to do what the Trouts are doing--they do it best. It is intelligent, fun, thoughtful, kind, engaging entertainment with an ethic. These guys care about people and community. This collection shines and does not tire easily. Highly recommended!"
I love Trout!!
Erika J. Muller | Bellmore, NY USA | 05/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is great - loads of fun, good "repeatability factor" (this means you can play it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over in the car - the way kids always want to) - and you won't want to press the eject button on the dashboard. Or on your kid's car seat.
The music is silly, intelligent, sly, outrageous and the fun comes through in every note. Having seen Trout in concert twice now, I can truthfully say that these are guys you want your kids to hang out with. In fact, you'll want to listen too.
The song "My Best Day" came out of a workshop Trout participated in with a bunch of kids all talking about what they wished they could have for their very best day. I think the part about "raining chocolate" came from Keith though. If you listen to Trout music, you will hear a distinct bias towards all things chocolate.
Get this album, put it on loud and let the kids have a ball! I guarantee you will too."