Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2016 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $12.00

Renee Stahl, known for her fine solo albums and her children's music recordings as part of the much-loved family duo Renee & Jeremy, has now teamed up with famed TV soundtrack producer Rich Jacques (One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy) and an exceptional gathering of singers, writers and performers, dubbed Renee and Friends for an exquisite album called Simpatico. An artist who obviously relishes collaboration, the album is a series of duets between Stahl and some very talented friends. Opening with "Gather Round," a gentle banjo fueled invitation to fun, with the help of singer Lisa Loeb; "Precious One," a heartfelt song of gratitude follows, sung in both English and French with the help of Sophie & Les Petits. "You Were Meant To Be" is a gorgeous, star gazing folk duet with singer Glen Phillips, which recalls the best work of James Taylor. Scottish Australian music legend Colin Hay (Men at Work) performs a touching spoken word recitation of his classic "Are We There Yet?." Then there is the delightful "Starfish and Coffee" (written by Prince and Susannah Melvoin) transformed here into something resembling a rope skipping rhyme, with the help of actress/comedian/ singer Maya Rudolph.

Actor and former SNL cast member Molly Shannon performs a solo ode to "Happiness," (five different crayons, tying your shoe for the very first time) while Stahl reserves a solo spot for her warmhearted "You and Me." Stahl joins the redoubtable Casper Babypants and English singer Rolfe Kent for a unique orchestral, Beatle-esque song of bravery in "I'm Not Afraid" and teams up with singer Jeremy Toback on a beautiful song of reassurance in "Wherever You Go," before pairing with Tom Rossi on the simply gorgeous "This Bright Dream." Speaking of dreams, producer Rich Jacques duets with Stahl on the enchanting "Dream About the Moonlight."

Simpatico closes with Stahl singing with Kyler England and Lalo Crane (Freckles) for the elegant and poignant "Right Here Now." The album's genuinely warm voices and tender music all feels like a visit with much loved friends.

Lahri Bond   ©2016 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.

Look for this product at:
Sugar Mountain PR

Share This