CD REVIEW: The Singing Lizard - Alphabeat
By Dan Cohen - 10/04/2010 - 04:14 PM EDT
Artist: The Singing Lizard
Genre: kids music
Sounds Like: suzanne vega, the roches
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: The Moon's Song, Alphabeat, Bump on the Log
Great music for families from newcomer Liz DeRoche (aka The Singing Lizard). Landed in my inbox (a year ago, I'm ashamed to admit!) with no fanfare, no cover, in fact, no fancy press release, just hand-wrapped in a colorful jacket with a kind note urging me to review it. Well, I've finally found the time.
The title reads The Singing Lizard: Original music for kids, hurray! Well, I don't know how original tunes like the alphabet song, row row row, old macdonald, are, but ms. DeRoche puts an original spin on them and makes them her own with her winning personality, suave arrangements, and supple voice. It's fairly lo-fi, but very well arranged, so each of the tracks has their own sort of path, and the drum machines are used to good effect. A winner from all angles. I loved Bump on a Log, a long list song, that makes me wonder what she'd do with 'Hole in the Bucket' or 'There was an old lady' or 'Rattlin' Bog', some of the other standards of that particular form. No doubt puts on a sweet live show for the little ones (I'd say this is appropriate up to about age 6), and I look forward to hearing more from this talented artist.
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