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The Bazillions - On the Bright Side

The Bazillions - On the Bright Side

Fall 2015 Music
Ages: 3 - 10 yrs.
Producer: The Bazillions
CD Price: $11.97

On The Bright Side opens with the mega-fun "Superhero Rock Band," the song answers the question as to what those caped crusaders do when they are not fighting crime. "Family Tree" extols the virtues of kindred connections, and "Use a Contraction" is a ridiculously catchy tune about the proper use of grammar. Then there are the silly joys of the multi-tasking "Ed," the eccentric "My Teacher's an Alien," as well as some wonderfully witty, musical explanations of the metaphoric use of "Personification." Elsewhere, "Water Cycle" is a rocking, wah-wah driven account of meteorology events, while still managing to be a touching love song. "Outside" is a wonderful celebration of playing in nature, "Q and U" uses a spelling rule as a jumping off point for some clever songwriting, and "Bad Haircut" is a unique and comical chronicle of a visit to the barbershop gone horribly wrong. "Favorite Book" is a fine song about literacy, and the album ends with the uncommonly lovely ballad "Sons and Daughters."

Twin Cities' parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion) and Kristin Marshall (vocals, percussion, melodica), drive the lyrics and production. Together with the stellar talents of Mike Senkovich's lead guitar, bassist Joe Letness, and drummer Matt Baccoli, they collectively make a very friendly and pleasing pop sound, reminiscent of The Jayhawks. The Bazillions sound is defined by Adam Marshall's expressive voice that echoes the melodic strains of singers such as Mark Olson and Loudon Wainwright III, as well as the top-notch Midwestern pop sensibilities of the rest of the band.

Lahri Bond   ©2015 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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