Hey folks, it’s time for some new tunes and we’re delighted to welcome a guest reviewer this week, Julie from Western Australia. Julie has been listening to The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee by Bari Koral Family Rock Band with her cheerful brood, and here’s what she had to say! Have a listen to a few tracks at the end of the review (you can scroll through the tracks via the bar on the right of the player).
Julie is a Mum to two funny, gorgeous kids, Oliver (aged 5) and Emily (almost 4!). She has a strong family connection to music, including grandparents who wrote music for and conducted an ethnic choir and a Dad who was a guitarist and vocalist in a locally active 1950′s/1960′s rock band! Despite thoroughly acknowledging she has a lack of inherent practical musical talent, Julie heartily believes that music has the power to positively impact on kids’ emotional and social well-being as well as their brain development.
With a band hailing from New York and the album having been recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s not surprising that the new album from the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, ‘The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee’, is appealing for grownups as well as the kiddlywinks. The music isn’t too tinny or electric and at times country in feel, with real live guitars, drums and piano thrown into the mix!
The lead singer and songstress has a beautiful voice, which is silky smooth and easy to listen to. The album has a very relaxed, soft “rock band” vibe. Given the current pop scene, many of our kids are well versed in listening to American voices, and Bari Koral has a nice light “twang” that they’ll likely respond to and mimic!
2-6 year olds will love the fun and very relevant lyrics. The birthday song may very well become a fave (well, what song doesn’t make you want to dance with the word “jump” in it!). Tracks 4-6 & 9 are good fun for the older than toddler set and track 10 nicely demonstrates how to deal with the ups and downs of being young. Hint: if you like a little modern country, listen out for the “thigh slapping” track 5 that would make Shania Twain proud!
Overall, a great find for parents who need a break from their current music set.