STYLE: Childrens RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3453-4201 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP
Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
A five-track CD EP recorded in 1996, featuring four kids, two boys and two girls, who from the sleeve photo seem to range in age from eight to 14 years old. As for the music, if this is supposed to be a Christian kids' album, I can't detect any spiritual content. "Poppy & Sophie" is about a dog and a cat who collaborate to foil burglars who try to do a quick heist while everyone's away for the weekend; "Scouser" is about a five year old tomboy sister who has a tendency to create domestic havoc; "Knickerbocker Glory" is a paean of praise for the famous ice cream and fruit dessert concoction; and "So Silent", the other song (track five is an instrumental version of "Scouser"), well, I've listened to it several times and I can't yet work out what it's trying to say. The kids aren't very good singers, their pitching is all over the place and coupled with the quality and the subject matter of the songs and the minimalist backing, usually just a piano, with occasional bass, percussion and synths, the overall effect is totally twee and at times positively painful. Best avoided.
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