Buzz Buzz

Buzz Buzz

4.7 18
by Laurie Berkner
     
 

Laurie Berkner's most charismatic disc to date, Buzz Buzz, opens with a salvo that kids will immediately relate to: "I Really Love to Dance." If the title doesn't say it all, the insistent blues-and-bluegrass beat and Berkner's buoyant chorus fill in the blanks. That same vocal energy surfaces again and again on Berkner showstoppers like "Pig on Her Head," theSee more details below

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Laurie Berkner's most charismatic disc to date, Buzz Buzz, opens with a salvo that kids will immediately relate to: "I Really Love to Dance." If the title doesn't say it all, the insistent blues-and-bluegrass beat and Berkner's buoyant chorus fill in the blanks. That same vocal energy surfaces again and again on Berkner showstoppers like "Pig on Her Head," the a cappella "Telephone," and the Bee-happy title track. As always, a steady stampede of funny originals and kiddie classics ("Eerie Canal," "I've Been Working on the Railroad") ensure that this collection rockets to the top of the preschool hit parade.

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Laurie Berkner's second children's album doesn't tamper much with the formula that made her first effort, Whaddaya Think About That?, an overnight success. Once again it is Berkner's finely tuned understanding of her audience that sets her apart. Her songs are characterized by an uninhibited absurdity that is fresh and unpredictable. One song is centered matter-of-factly on the idea that "Laurie's got a pig on her head [and] she keeps it there all day." Another is about an elusive bunch of pretzels that keep escaping a hungry person. Berkner also has a knack for colorful rhymes that aim to engender an enthusiasm for language in her young fans. Her lyrics are populated with lines like "you pull it like a taffy and you whop whop whop," "their names were Jackson and Max", and "sizzle sizzle pop a-pop pop." Berkner writes most of her songs in preschool music classes, and they depend a lot on her interaction with the children. That helps to make them dynamic and engaging, but somehow Buzz Buzz doesn't seem to hold up as well as its predecessor in the depersonalized context of a studio recording. "I Had a Friend," for instance, was originally a platform for improvising rhymes for her students' names. It seems a little stiff on a pre-recorded CD. Her rap number "I'm a Mess" would probably be a little less grating if there were toddlers in the house to back her up. But chances are good that Berkner's listeners will be too busy dancing their heads off to notice any shortcomings.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2001
Label:
Two Tomatoes
UPC:
0695842340225
catalogNumber:
23402
Rank:
43331

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