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Here come the 123's

Here come the 123's

Fall 2008 Music
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
CD Price: $18.98
Review:
Alt-rock band They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell), with an almost cult-like adult following for brainy, near-surrealistic song-crafting, brings the same inventively eccentric approach to children's music, a field Flansburgh and Linnell entered in 2002 with their delightfully strange CD release, "No!" A relationship with the Disney Channel followed. So did the duo's entertaining lesson on letters, the 2005 CD-DVD release, "Here Come the ABC's." In the band's latest outing, TMBG gives numbers a similar treatment. Wandering far beyond the title's deceptively simple "123s," the tracks are as unexpected as they are smart. A sampling: "Eight Hundred and Thirteen Mile Car Trip," an exploration of "Infinity" and "The Secret Life of Six" ("Six knows how to stand on his head, and when six pretends he's nine, he acts older and bolder"). The accompanying, full-length DVD featuring animation and puppetry matches the songs' outside-the-box creativity.
Lynne Heffley   ©2008 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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