Sunday, September 26, 2010
"This disc is a good one. I'm excited about it."
Mrs. LIAYF, Lukas, and I were with friends visiting a music festival at a local park when we happened upon Presidents of the United States of America front man Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants strumming on his guitar. It was in the woods and there weren't too many people around, so we struck up a conversation. The topic eventually came around to his upcoming Caspar Babypants studio release This is Fun. I mentioned that I had just received a review copy in the mail and received the above response.
That was a few weeks ago now, and I have to say that after listening to it on almost continuous play since, he was justified in his excitement. This is Fun is, as advertised, fun. It is also, like his first two kid music releases under the Babypants alias, quirky, catchy, and infectious.
This is not just a kids album, it is an album that you will, dare I say, really enjoy. Mrs. LIAYF and I certainly do, and there are relatively few kid focused releases that we can say that about. There isn't an adult cringe worthy track out of the 20 included and the very first offering All You Pretty Babies always gets our toes tapping, and Lukas dancing from the get go.
That being said, my favorite track from This Is Fun (followed closely by Dark of Night, a duet with Elizabeth Mitchell) is actually a cover of another Seattle band. Caspar Babypants really kicks things into high gear on the Nirvana song Sliver accompanied by none other than Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on Bass.
"Grandma take me home! Grandma take me home! Grandma take me home!" Chris bellows as the song reaches it's pinnacle.
Indeed, this is fun.
This Is Fun releases on November 2nd, but leave me a comment or, if you are on Twitter, tweet about this and mention @SeattleDad and I will enter you into a drawing to receive a copy of the album which I will hold Friday, October 1st.
Must be a resident of the US or Canada to win and leave a valid email address or Twitter handle.
Full disclosure: All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I have been given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 3:28 PM