Kidults

Kidults

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by Mandy Patinkin
     
 
It takes a rare artist to pull off kid-friendly tunes like “Ugly Duckling,” “Minute Waltz,” “Singin’ in the Bathtub,” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket “ as well as more adult fare like “Getting to Know You,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “Not While I'm Around,” and “Rhode Island Is Famous for You” with equal aplomb. A strikingly versatile vocalist, Mandy Patinkin has long proven

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It takes a rare artist to pull off kid-friendly tunes like “Ugly Duckling,” “Minute Waltz,” “Singin’ in the Bathtub,” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket “ as well as more adult fare like “Getting to Know You,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “Not While I'm Around,” and “Rhode Island Is Famous for You” with equal aplomb. A strikingly versatile vocalist, Mandy Patinkin has long proven that there’s little you can throw at him that he can’t imbue with sincerity, charm, and passion. On a project specifically geared toward both kids and adults (hence “kidults”) Patinkin bridges the generation gap with heartfelt singing that seamlessly unites the disparate material. Interesting combinations of songs, (“Japanese Sandman” linked to Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”), charming ditties that haven’t been heard in a while ("A" You’re Adorable”), and classics that just can’t be heard too often (“If I Only Had a Brain”) all make Kidults an unexpected treat for the whole family.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Many recording artists who make children's albums shade them at least a little toward the parents, but Mandy Patinkin has made that tendency explicit starting with the title of Kidults. As on his previous albums, he borrows mostly from Broadway for material, but he is also trying to find songs for late baby boomers as well as babies, with mixed results. "School Days Medley," for example, which moves from Frank Loesser's "Inchworm" to "School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)," ends with a charming version of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" that Patinkin shares with Kristin Chenoweth. But another departed '70s singer/songwriter does not benefit from such efforts. It's not clear what the old Paul Whiteman hit "Japanese Sandman" has to do with Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle," but though the latter song is a rueful favorite of absentee parents everywhere, it not only remains as heavy-handed and obvious as ever, but actually suffers from Patinkin's typically committed performance; when Chapin sang it straight, it was just a bad song, but when Patinkin acts it out, it's nearly insufferable. Elsewhere, however, the singer's acting instincts range from the sweet ("If I Only Had a Brain," with different voices for the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion) to the hilarious (a schizophrenic "Holiday for Strings" that alternates between a sincere ballad performance and a raucous, up-tempo one). Children are likely to find much of this album delightful, and the only real danger for parents is that their kids will want to play it over and over again so they can memorize "April in Fairbanks." Patinkin clearly can have a career as a children's entertainer, if he chooses to pursue it among the many other acting and singing opportunities he has.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597953428
catalogNumber:
79534

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Performance Credits

Mandy Patinkin   Primary Artist
Jeff Carney   Bass
Sarah Carter   Cello
Jack Cavari   Guitar
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Glen Drews   Trumpet
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Karl Kawahara   Violin
Karen Milne   Violin
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Joe Passaro   Percussion,Drums
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Jim Williamson   French Horn
Jim Baker   Percussion,Drums
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Warren Odze   Percussion,Drums
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Paul Ford   Piano,Celeste
Rick Dolan   Violin
Liuh-Wen Ting   Viola
Eric Stern   Conductor
Richard Heckman   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Pillow   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Grace Paradise   Harp
Xin Zhao   Violin
Theresa MacDonnell   French Horn
Naomi Katz   Violin
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals
Mark Thrasher   Clarinet,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jack Cortner   Contributor
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
John Kilgore   Sound Effects
Tommy Krasker   Producer
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Dick Lieb   Contributor
David Rose   Composer
Paul Ford   Arranger
Randee Saint Nicholas   Cover Photo
Stephanie Rausser   Inlay Photography
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Glen Daum   Contributor

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Kidults 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the Dragnet version of tisket/tasket is inspired and quite funny. A lot of times playing with classics like that can be annoying, but this record pulls it off. I was also skeptical about all the medleying but it all works pretty well. I'm sure my 9-month old will enjoy it when she's a little older :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mandy has a ball with this album, and takes us along, back to our childhood. He also throws in some great new Broadway songs for the adult in us as well. Terrific album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful album for kids and adults alike. He is just wondeful at combining medleys fo songs. There is a little of somehting for everyone here I think, and if you happen to have been born in RI, as I was, you will surely love this album!! Lots of heart, brains, and courage here. L. M. Sullivan