Family Music for Grown-Up Tastes

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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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Gunnar Madsen

  • Artist: Gunnar Madsen
  • Album: I'm Growing
  • Song: Sun Comes Up

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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Song
Sun Comes Up
Album
I'm Growing
Artist
Gunnar Madsen
Label
Gee, Spot!
Released
2008

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Ralph's World

  • Artist: Ralph's World
  • Album: Rhyming Circus
  • Song: Do The Math

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
Do The Math
Album
Rhyming Circus
Artist
Ralph's World
Label
Disney
Released
2008

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Barenaked Ladies

  • Artist: Barenaked Ladies
  • Album: Snacktime!
  • Song: 789

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
789
Album
Snacktime!
Artist
Barenaked Ladies
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2008

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Justin Roberts

  • Artist: Justin Roberts
  • Album: Pop Fly
  • Song: From Scratch

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
From Scratch
Album
Pop Fly
Artist
Justin Roberts
Label
Carpet Square
Released
2008

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Astrograss

  • Artist: Astrograss
  • Album: Let Me Stay Up All Night
  • Song: There Their They're

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
There Their They're
Album
Let Me Stay Up All Night
Artist
Astrograss
Label
Smoggy Borough
Released
2008

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Snacktime!

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Snacktime!
Artist
Barenaked Ladies
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2008

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Let Me Stay Up All Night

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

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I'm Growing

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

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Rhyming Circus

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Rhyming Circus
Artist
Ralph's World
Label
Disney
Released
2008

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Pop Fly

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Pop Fly
Artist
Justin Roberts
Label
Carpet Square
Released
2008

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