Label: One Little Indian Release date: 06/09/10 Buy: Amazon Founded on the principle that music that adults can enjoy and the music that children enjoy needn’t be mutually exclusive, The Crayonettes have created an album that attempts to bring all ages together with music that children can listen and learn from, without having their parents contemplating driving the car off the road in frustration. The duo of Mercury-nominated folk singer Kathryn Williams and Anna Spencer, both mothers, both tired of listening to the readily available inane music aimed at children, decided to keep the morals roughly the same but change the music, making for a much more interesting album that won’t drive people old enough to vote slowly insane. This is a fantastic idea, that works really well throughout. The music covers a reasonably broad spectrum of folk, punk and dance whilst telling children not to eat sweets off the floor, that some things are illegal and to always brush their teeth. Which makes for more substantial lyrical themes than anything Akon has ever released. And though that educational material may be of limited use to anyone besides young children, there’s actually a lot of great songs here anyway. This album is influenced by the children’s television created by Oliver Postgate (Bagpuss, Clangers etc...) and has the same otherworldly atmosphere about it. ‘Disco Teeth’ (about cleaning your teeth ‘disco bright’) is like a sunny day in the land of The Moldy Peaches, ‘Emergency’ is a story about about a cat being stuck up a tree complete with flamenco style guitar and sobering violin. ‘Hopscotch’ has a dizzying electronic beat and repeated vocals. It all sounds somewhat ridiculous but is undeniably likely to get trapped inside the head. The only solace is that it’s much more bearable and enjoyable than any other children’s music. It seems almost like prejudice to criticise this album but it has to be said that the music has only limited appeal and it’s of some mercy that this album is short, running under thirty minutes, another song about combing hair or skipping or something would have been too much. The aim of creating music for children that adults can also enjoy has been easily achieved. It will probably look more credible if children are around to enjoy it, because you can’t use the same feeble excuses of nostalgia that you would for watching old children’s television like Bagpuss but it will make those long car journeys with children a little easier, which most parents would agree makes this album long overdue. Photobucket