Looking for a fun soundtrack to accompany your Sunday afternoon shenanigans? Our resident music reviewer Julie shares her opinion on the latest offering from Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, Good Egg! This newly released album is a top choice for children of all ages. You can listen to the album below, or purchase a copy here.
Take it away Julie…
For anyone with a tween (or a tween in the making – yes, even at age 3 or older), then the album “Good Egg!” may very well be for you.
With a fun, boppy and truly rock sound, track one punches out with a concept immediately understood to be silly, ridiculous and yet at the same time incredibly appealing: “Food Fight!” This rolls into the glorious “Kids Place”, which immediately conjures images of a beautiful, kids only hideout from the adult world. (To be honest, I wish they had one of these for grown-ups too.)
With “Good Egg!”, the band Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights has delivered a quality children’s album, peppered with short and sassy tracks designed to get your child thinking, talking and singing along. Joanie Leeds, key vocalist and songwriter, originated from Miami and is now a staple on the New York children’s concert scene. She has a lilting, clear and appealing voice, which kids will find easy on the ears… and I must admit has me belting it out alongside her. Especially track 15 “I Love You”, being a wonderful reminder of why one chooses to become a parent.
My absolute favourite track (which had me in stitches of laughter and the kids asking questions about skinny jeans, fedoras and the meaning of “vintage” clothes) is number 5: “Hipster in the Making”. With a 12 year old nephew evincing an intention to be a hipster, and an awesome niece who was effortlessly one by the time she was 10, even young children will identify with the concept of trying to find your own identity.
What I think this track demonstrates is how well Joanie Leeds has found ways to weave in different styles of modern music (which, let’s face it, kids have never-ending access to from the time they first blink their eyes!), cleverly reflecting the meanings of the songs and maintaining an easy-going band sound. Track 11, with a cool, ska feel, also shows this as the singer berates her shadow for constantly following her!
At no time does the album take itself too seriously, which is of course hugely important when trying to attract and maintain the attention of younger to older primary school aged kids.
For fun topics of conversation, particularly listen out for songs “The World is Your Oyster” (track 6) and “Dr. Lowett” (track 13).
Otherwise, just sit back and relax…