Friday, January 9, 2015
CD Review: "The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection" by the Laurie Berkner Band
Released: October 14, 2014
Genre: Children's Music
Source: Laurie Berkner / Elizabeth Waldman Frazier
Rating: Highly Recommended!
I don't normally do Music Reviews--in fact, this is only the 2nd one I've done on this blog. However, when the opportunity came to review a new Laurie Berkner Band CD, I knew that my kids would never forgive me if I passed it up.
Our family was introduced to the Laurie Berkner Band when my daughter was quite young. Someone--I believe it was my mother--had given us a few of her CD's and we've been listening ever since. Not only do we frequently play Laurie Berkner Band CD's at home, but I know that they are frequently played in the preschool my daughter attended and my son now attends.
So, what is it that we love about the Laurie Berkner Band so much? My kids would say it is because "it's fun!" While there are several reasons why I like their music, here are the three main reasons. First, the music is not over-orchestrated. We have a number of CD's by musical acts for kids and they are entertaining and fun, but they you can barely hear the singers over the instruments. There isn't anything "wrong" with that, but I like it when I can actually hear the singers.
Finally, these songs encourage the kids to get up and move! Just by nature, the songs are very conducive to dancing. However, a number of songs actively instruct kids to move around--either by specific movements or to pretend to be something like a rocket or such. If you need your kids to burn off some energy, this will definitely help!
If you aren't familiar with the Laurie Berkner Band, this is an excellent starter CD. It has 22 tracks, at least some of which are hits from previous albums (since we don't have all the LBB CD's, I can't tell if all the songs come from previous CD's or if there are some original songs included). I think it provides a nice survey of the band's complete library.
I was given a copy of this CD in return for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.
You can read more about the Laurie Berkner Band at their website and on their Facebook page.