Ethan Rossiter and the Jamberries- "Magic Watermelon"Spring 2013 Music
This is the second children's music album by Watertown, Massachusetts-based musician Ethan Rossiter, who had previously released a CD in 2010 with the band The Hartwells. Like its predecessor, the album has a twangy, country music style that is both lively and fun. The album begins promisingly with the rollicking "Cool Watermelon," the rocket ride of "Orbit Around the Sun," and the smoldering "Chili."
Rossiter's original compositions such as the rainy day meditation "Kyle's Raincoat," the sweet "Candy Shop," and his song of self confidence "I Think I Can," are all well written and played. On "Mr. Brown" he adapts the classic Dr. Seuss rhyme, while "Brown Bear" draws lyrics from the writing of children's author Eric Carle. Elsewhere, he creates a rave-up version of "Bingo Was His Name" in "Bingo Stomp," and sings the praises of decision-making using "Rock Paper Scissors." The album closes with a thematic departure in the quasi-reggae rendition of the traditional song "Mr. Sun," popularized forever in the public mind by that purple dinosaur of ill repute.
The album's cover design gives the buyer little clue as to the potential and fun within. That said, we would like to have seen lyrics along with the liner notes.