Snacktime!

Snacktime!

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Barenaked Ladies will please fans young and old with Snack Time, a record of 24 original children's songs. "Our kids are into all kinds of music," says vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson. "Making the focus about what our kids like was a truly liberating process and fun for the whole band."

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Barenaked Ladies will please fans young and old with Snack Time, a record of 24 original children's songs. "Our kids are into all kinds of music," says vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson. "Making the focus about what our kids like was a truly liberating process and fun for the whole band."

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The first full-length children's album by Canadian pop stalwarts Barenaked Ladies, Snacktime! reveals what is both enchanting and a little bit irritating about the often witty, sometimes silly, and usually melodically catchy pop band. Musically, all the Barenaked touchstones are here: '70s singer/songwriter, AM pop, indie rock, folk, alt-rock, and even some quirky electronic-based romps. In that sense, the album plays like most of the band's catalog, with each bandmember adding a composition to the mix. The difference here is in the lyrical content, which is obviously aimed at and inspired by kids. But rather than simply target kids of today, Barenaked Ladies have crafted a children's pop album inspired by their own '70s/'80s childhoods. Accordingly, listeners gets tracks like "The Ninjas," a popular and kitschy topic among Gen-Xers (due largely to the abundance of '80s ninja movies), turned here into a kind of fairy tale about sneaky and deadly nighttime visitors. Similarly, the loopy wordplay song "Raisins" finds vocalist Ed Robertson wondering whether "the Parthenon's in Greece/Or was it in Grease 2?" But rather than merely calling out retro-pop culture themes, songs like the giddy "Eraser" and the thoughtful "Canadian Snacktime Trilogy" bring to mind a time when kids were more likely to spend afternoons with crayons and Elmer's Glue than with computers and the Internet. It's also reminiscent of a time when bubblegum pop was the sound of kids' music, and tracks like "Vegetable Town," "'Drawing," and "Humungous Tree" bring to mind -- at least lyrically if not specifically musically -- the fantastical, bittersweet, pastry-laden landscapes of the Banana Splits and the Wombles. Admittedly, for all the pleasant and hummable tracks on Snacktime! there are conversely a few ear-grating numbers like the hyperactive rawk of "Allergies" and the quirky but static reggae of "What a Wild Tune," which may elicit enthusiasm from the PB&J set while acting as a kind of musical torture technique on parents. That said, cuts like the sunny and melodic "'Pollywog in a Bog," the airy and euphoric "Louis Loon," and the cinematic album closer "Here Come the Geese" bring to mind well-earned comparisons to Todd Rundgren, XTC, and the Flaming Lips, and are easily some of the best pop tracks, let alone children's songs, Barenaked Ladies have ever recorded.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624988380
catalogNumber:
422588

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barenaked Ladies   Primary Artist
Ed Shaughnessy   Claves
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Percussion,Vocals
Kathryn Rose   Vocals
Tyler Stewart   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Jim Creeggan   Bass,Percussion,Violin,Cello,Viola,Vocals
Steven Page   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Hearn   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Saw
Brian MacMillan   Lap Steel Guitar
Barenaked Children   Vocals
Saint Michael's Choir School   Vocals
Ed Robertson   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Barenaked Ladies   Composer
Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Producer
Anton Corbijn   Composer
Kevin Hearn   Artwork
Kenny Luong   Operation
Yvonne Gallegos   Sculpture
Sam Ibbett   Engineer

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Snacktime! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ianmcg More than 1 year ago
we stumbled on this title recently at a BN store in Houston while traveling. I'd never been a big BNL fan, but my wife likes them and was looking for some new "car music" for the trip. she picked this up, and what a score it was! my kids (4 & 7, my baby girl hasn't expressed a clear opinion) are crazy about it, and we spent most of the rest of the trip listening to it and singing the songs when not in the car. We love the track "snacktime" especially with all the kids & celebrities naming their favorite snackfood (Geddy Lee like barbecue potato chips), also "ninjas" is a big hit, the unlikely ABC song is the perfect antidote to too many ABC books ("b is for bdellium" -- look it up!). These guys are fun and the songs are memorable and pleasant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a grandmother who has this cd in her car to play for my three and a half year old grandson and his two year old sister. They and I love everything about this cd. The music is appealing, the lyrics and humor are so clever-some are easy for the little ones and others make grandma chuckle. I give this as part of a baby gift all the time. I couldn't recommend it more.
Teacher-zoey More than 1 year ago
I call this my dancing kids CD, becasue whenever I put it on, my kids start to dance! This is really a fun collection of songs and the Barenaked Ladies bring joy and whimsy to each one. In the car, my kids even "seat dance". Recommended listening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoy listening to this as I'm putting our 2 year old down for naps and bedtime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD!! This band normally gets high marks from me, but this puts them over the top. I have a ten month old daughter and I am always looking for new music to play for her. You can only listen to wheels on the bus so many time before you want to scream. I am so happy I got this CD. All the songs are silly and fun. They did a great job and I highly recommend this. My favorite song is 789.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so much fun! The songs are great for kids and adults. I enjoy listening to the songs as much as my son. The songs have witty lyrics and great beats!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We're been fans for years, but this is really special. My kids both have the album in their MP3's and we can't move the car without them requesting Popcorn! Personally, I love the reggea riff in Pollywog in a bog.
mamaandrob More than 1 year ago
I have 3 kids. They are 9,7,and 4. They all love this CD. Even my 9 year old boy! These songs are SO funny. I often find myself singing them while I'm cleaning, and I don't mind! Allergies is our favorite with 789 as a close runner up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find myself lessoning to this even when my kids are not in the car! The lyrics are catchy and fun. It is not like any other children's CD I have ever lessoned to!
GrandmaBlack More than 1 year ago
We sing every time we get into the car. The songs are funny and the lyrics aresimple for my 3 and 4 yr old grandchildren toremember.
ConcordMom More than 1 year ago
My son enjoys all music from classical and country to oldies and 70's and 80's pop/rock. We have several toddler cd's in the car and sometimes they get monotonous to listen to over and over again. This was a pleasant surprise! Not only does my son enjoy the music from catchy upbeat tunes to some that are lullaby-like, but it's a family favorite on long car rides!
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