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Rolie Polie Guacamole: Triathlon

Rolie Polie Guacamole: Triathlon

Fall 2014 Music
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00

From the mighty borough of Brooklyn comes the kid's music group Rolie Polie Guacamole. Multi instrumentalists Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin created Rolie Polie Guacamole in late 2006, adding drummer Peter Barr, and guitarist Christian McCarthy along the way. Triathlon is high energy, well-crafted music, encompassing rock, reggae, ska and world music influences. Other influences include They Might Be Giants, with flourishes of Talking Heads and Yo La Tango, to boot.

Like the aforementioned Giants, the Guacs put a strong emphasis on the zany; case in point, are such songs as the rambunctious reggae tune "Dont Poop on Me Pigeon," the buoyant "Bubbles," and the preschool punk of "Snowball Fight." In between, there are some nice quiet moments, as in the lovely, lilting "Snow Angel," and the pair of "light" lullabies "New York Sunrise" and "Seattle Sunset." There's a nature appreciating song about the history of "Botanical Gardens," the travelogue fun of "Running Through America," and the Olympic "Triathlon" title track. And there are some songs which are just plain fun, such as the slightly manic "Kangaroo & Billy Too (a joey named Billy)," and the hide and seek rocker "Peek-a-Boo." Also, watch out for that hidden track about the letter "E "-Everyday Eleanor Eats Eagle Eggs"-some three minutes after the final song has ended.

While the CD is housed in artful and fun packaging, lyrics, songwriting credits and slightly clearer liner notes would add to the already fun experience.

Lahri Bond   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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