This one of the most perfect CDs for kids (and their adults!) I've ever heard, and I've laid ears on some very good ones (especially the Putamayo label discs). Neither over- nor under-produced; as warm, fun, and earthy as every such effort should be; and completely lacking the condescension far too many of these efforts get hamstrung through, Bramble Jam has produced a 14-cut gem I suspect Shel Silverstein is rollicking about from the Great Beyond while Martin Mull sits and smiles somewhere below that heavenly abode, musing over party simians.
Comprised of five adult musicians and a bunch of sit-ins, two members of this ensemble share eight kids between 'em. More, all obviously recall what it means to be pre-adolescent while simultaneously respecting the estate in an empathy I thought I'd never hear. The Bramblers mix musical styles, instruments, and voices to present a little of most everything—rock, folk, zydeco, reggae, but especially goofiness—matrixing lyrics that gently rib every element of the family icon symbol, bringing it back down from the current religio-psychotic conservative travesty to what we all wish to hell we could've undergone…and hopefully more than a few of us did.
Jay Janney and Pat Wallace engineered Move Your Boots to capture things in a loose but well organized sound platform sacrificing nothing while maintaining a parlor jamboree setting neither grandiloquent nor scratchy, exactly what you'd expect a too-cool hearth and homefire party to sound like. Then there's the poetry:
One, Two, Three, Four
…and if you don't grasp how perfect that stanza is, then maaaaaybe this CD isn't for you. But if you do, there's plenty more in store because a booklet accompanies the CD and includes every word, including the haiku-ish refrain to Caught the Morning Sunbeam. On the other hand, don't get too hung up on the analysis I'm imparting here, 'cause the main element is fun fun FUN!
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