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Jungle Gym

Jungle Gym

Fall 2010 Music
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $15.98

Terrific music, imaginative lyrics and a resonant understanding of a child's world are expected of Justin Roberts, one of the most creative and committed children's music artists working today. The former indie pop artist's new release exceeds expectations. Shading a multilayered, smooth rock vibe with subtle harmonics, Roberts glides and bounces through slice-of-life musical vignettes about the thrill of "Sleepoverland," hopes for a "Snow Day" and that stomach-sinking feeling of mislaying Mom in the mall ("Never Getting Lost"). "New Haircut" doubts, the endless possibilities of an empty cardboard box, a brother's truck obsession, the thrill, anxiety and sense of importance that a young child feels during a school fire drill. Fueled by whimsy and heart, Roberts tucks evocative nuance and detail in every melodic line.

Lynne Heffley   ©2010 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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