Recently, a variety of excellent CDs for children have been released, leading the listener to hope that perhaps the day of the cheesy collection of kids' songs has passed, and that it’s a newer and brighter day in the children's side of the music industry. This observation might lead one to do a little research, investigating the trend by sampling many more CDs produced for pre-teens. Don’t do it. Results of such research are dismal; labels are still issuing sickeningly sweet titles that send listeners into sugar shock, as well as collections of classic kids songs sung by kids who should not be looking forward to music careers—not as artists, anyway.
Cheap CDs are the worst culprits; they prey on parents and grandparents who want to get a few things the kids will enjoy listening to, but have no familiarity with kids’ music. Buying an album for $1.99 or $3.99 is no bargain when you will be paying for it with hours of teeth-grinding resentment, especially when very young children who are charmed by the songs, rather than the performances, want to hear them ad infinitum.
Rejoice! All is not grim on the children’s music scene. Enter Recess Monkey and their recently released CD, The Final Funktier. Filled with new songs for modern kids, it’s a blast. The themes—space exploration, robots, and aliens—appeal to tweens and younger children, and are relevant to their lives, including riffs on science fairs, kid brothers, sunglasses, and moon boots. The songs rock in a variety of styles that will prompt smiles from adults rather than trips to the medicine cabinet for more aspirin.
From the opening “Liftoff!” sequence through the closing “One Tiny Light,” Recess Monkey engages the listener with clever lyrics and joyful beats. Is there a kid out there who hasn’t dreamed of being the neighborhood hero? “Jet Pack” soars with the delight such fantasy can bring. “Black Hole in My Room” solves the mystery of missing socks, toys, and other items; adults will surely relate and may look for the black holes in their rooms. Families can join together in the “Constellation Conga,” a tune meant to get you on your feet.
The Final Funktier is the CD your science teacher would have made if he was really cool and talented. It speaks to kids on their level, respecting them rather than exploiting or patronizing them. The lyrics are clearly understandable on both an audible and intellectual level, and beg listeners to sing along. The Final Funktier provides the discerning consumer of kid entertainment with their most important requisite: fun.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Recess Monkey’s The Final Funktier? Yes, it’s a must for those who want to rock with the younger set.Powered by Sidelines