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Family Music for Grown-Up Tastes

This has been an outstanding season for family music. As kids' musical palettes have gotten more sophisticated, musicians have followed suit, with kid-friendly themes addressed in a wide array of musical styles.

Family Music for Grown-Up Tastes

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Sun Comes Up

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Gunnar Madsen

  • Song: Sun Comes Up
  • from I'm Growing

An album that moves through several musical genres, with a kid's natural sense of wonder at its core. Madsen, a founder of the a cappella group The Bobs, puts his keen ear for harmonies to good use.

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I'm Growing
Album
I'm Growing
Artist
Gunnar Madsen
Label
Gee, Spot!
Released
2008

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Do The Math

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Ralph's World

  • Song: Do The Math
  • from Rhyming Circus

Any kids' album that works in a reference to "Non-Euclidian" thinking is worth finding. Ralph's World mixes humanity with geometry in a song about all shapes and sizes living together.

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Song
Rhyming Circus
Album
Rhyming Circus
Artist
Ralph's World
Label
Disney
Released
2008

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789

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Barenaked Ladies

  • Song: 789
  • from Snacktime!

What's "quirky" in Barenakes Ladies' music for adults seems naturally childlike in the Canadian band's first CD for kids. An album that's literate and silly at the same time.

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Song
Snacktime!
Album
Snacktime!
Artist
Barenaked Ladies
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2008

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From Scratch

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Justin Roberts

  • Song: From Scratch
  • from Pop Fly

The sweet-voiced kid brother you wish you had creates an imaginative collection of songs about real kids' experiences, with a focus on the whole family. "From Scratch" is about the source of Grandma's cooking.

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Song
Pop Fly
Album
Pop Fly
Artist
Justin Roberts
Label
Carpet Square
Released
2008

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There Their They're

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Astrograss

  • Song: There Their They're
  • from Let Me Stay Up All Night

High-energy bluegrass and funny family fiddle tunes highlight this Brooklyn-based band's first foray into music for kids. A band of teachers who educate while remembering to have fun.

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Song
Let Me Stay Up All Night
Album
Let Me Stay Up All Night
Artist
Astrograss
Label
Smoggy Borough
Released
2008

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Snacktime!

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Snacktime!
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Barenaked Ladies
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Warner Bros.
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2008

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Let Me Stay Up All Night

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Let Me Stay Up All Night
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Astrograss
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Smoggy Borough
Released
2008

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I'm Growing

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I'm Growing
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Gunnar Madsen
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Gee, Spot!
Released
2008

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Rhyming Circus

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Rhyming Circus
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Ralph's World
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Disney
Released
2008

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Pop Fly

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Pop Fly
Artist
Justin Roberts
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Carpet Square
Released
2008

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