Catch the Moon

Catch the Moon

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by Lisa Loeb, Elizabeth Mitchell
     
 

Best known for her postmodern hit "Stay," folk-rock songstress Lisa Loeb reconnects with her onetime musical partner, Elizabeth Mitchell, for a charming set of kids' sleepy-time music, featuring both traditional tunes and originals. Loeb's sweet, whimsical singing proves an easy match for the spare, acoustic arrangements here. She's also a perfect foil to Mitchell, a… See more details below

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Best known for her postmodern hit "Stay," folk-rock songstress Lisa Loeb reconnects with her onetime musical partner, Elizabeth Mitchell, for a charming set of kids' sleepy-time music, featuring both traditional tunes and originals. Loeb's sweet, whimsical singing proves an easy match for the spare, acoustic arrangements here. She's also a perfect foil to Mitchell, a children's performer in her own right, with husband Dan Littleton (the couple also record as the indie-rock band Ida). Loeb and Mitchell accompany their singing and heavenly harmonies with guitar, banjo, fiddle, and piano, along with finger snaps, bells, vocals from a few pint-sized pals, and a little help from Littleton and Warren Defever (of indie group His Name Is Alive). The familiar songs here fit like an old corduroy coat, such as a gorgeous rendition of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," sung with warmth by Loeb, and a whimsical update on "Big Rock Candy Mountain," where Mitchell's harmonies add a glow to Loeb's lead. Mitchell takes the reins on a lovely, piano-led version of Bob Dylan's "New Morning," with a vocal suggesting a beam of sunshine on a cloudy day. The pair's originals are of a piece: The lullaby-like title song backs Mitchell's lead with a fuller arrangement, laced with keyboards, while the gorgeous "Butterfly," a Loeb solo number, promises both heavy lids and sweet dreams. For both playtime and bedtime, Catch the Moon is a real joy.

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All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
Folkie Lisa Loeb has followed the lead of other adult music artists (including Kenny Loggins and her co-pilot on this album, Elizabeth Mitchell) in making a disc of children's music that can be enjoyed by all ages. Some of the songs are lyrically pitched exclusively to the toddlers (e.g., the traditional number "Little Red Caboose" and the traditional adaptation of"Big Rock Candy Mountain") while others are a tad more sophisticated (a nicely revamped version of "Oh Susanna" and a lovely take on Bob Dylan's "New Morning"). Then there is the laudable ethnic content: "La Manita" (Spanish traditional), "Donguri/Rolling Acorn" (Japanese traditional), and "Fais Do Do" (French traditional). The original song "Stop and Go" is a "rocky" participation number and tons of fun, while "Catch the Moon" (also original) is dreamily poetic. And there's never been a more tender version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" than the one found here. The songs are rendered in a folk/country acoustic minimalism that is, in a word, enchanting. And the CD comes encased in a children's board book written by Erin Courtney and illustrated by Bonnie Brooke Mitchell. Catch the Moon is a record that the young ones can enjoy (or go to sleep to) while also being entertaining for the rest of the family, even after many plays. [The 2007 edition includes a bonus DVD that has the charming videos for "Stop and Go" and the title track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Sheridan Square
UPC:
0699675199029
catalogNumber:
51990
Rank:
9089

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