A very mixed bag
Jenna Glatzer | NY, United States | 07/21/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I adored the first CD. This one, I actually removed from the CD player and stuck in my glove compartment and decided it's not seeing the light of day again.
The problem, for me, is that there are five songs on this CD that I HATE. Hate hate. "I'm Different" (grates on my nerves with its repetitive loudness), "Everybody Came" (the singer sounds drunk), "I Often Dream of Trains" (seriously?? Off-key and dismal), "Meow Meow Lullabye" (what in God's name is this?), and "Telephone Song" (super if you're trying to torment someone in prison, perhaps).
What aggravates me so much is that there are at least three or four other songs on the CD that are great-- "At the Bottom of the Sea," "Starfish and Coffee," and "Your Attitude Toward Cuttlefish" are my favorites. I haven't taken the time to figure out if I can somehow copy the good songs onto a new CD, or if I'd need to buy the good songs again on iTunes and burn them (which I won't do, on principle, because I shouldn't have to pay twice just to EXCLUDE terrible songs).
I really don't like it when my children's music sounds like it was produced in a drug-addled midnight session. ("Yes, yes, let's get the English singer-songwriter whose last cult album was called 'Sex, Food, Death and Tarantulas' to do his song about trains for our new CD. Hey, it has trains! Kids will think it's about Thomas the Tank Engine! Even though the lyrics say things like "The leaves fall so suddenly/The sun sets at four o'clock/Exactly what I'm dreading" and other such things that have no use whatsoever in a children's song!")
Seriously, you go listen to the lyrics and music of that song and tell me where anyone thought this should be a children's song.
Sorry, I'm getting more riled up. I have to stop before I start frothing at the mouth and remove another star. There ARE some good songs on here, after all. It's just that the bad ones are very, very bad."