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

Michael and the Rockness Monsters

Michael and the Rockness Monsters

Spring 2016 Music
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $9.99

Michael Napolitano is the founder, and director of the New Jersey-based educational Preschool of Rock, for which he performs, composes, produces, and engineers all the music. Michael & the Rockness Monsters, the organization's debut album, showcases Napolitano and fellow musician Dean Jones playing the lion's share of the instruments on the 13 tracks of well-crafted, light rockers. Napolitano has a friendly open voice, which is tonally reminiscent of Elvis Costello, with some of Randy Newman's skillful delivery. Subject matter includes the kid-friendly "Pirate Song," a tune about a "Fisherman," the many virtues of a "Dinosaur Haircut," and the sweet and innocent "Pretty Little World."

In the capricious "Single Digits," Napolitano explores the relative joys of living in a place with long winters and gets silly and surreal in "Micemaker." Likewise, "If I Were An Octopus" is sure to get children giggling with its whimsy, while the semi-rapped "Farm Dream" asks what humans might sound like to animals. A cool little story/song tells of the very unusual "Mr. Zizowé," and the album concludes with a wind-down tempo in "Humming Song."

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.

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