Trout Fishing In America, Big Trouble

Madelyn Rosenberg

By Madelyn Rosenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Acoustic folk-rockers offer kids truth in music.

Acoustic folk-rockers Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood offer tightly blended tracks built for kids, with nice hooks and just enough repetition. They infuse electric muscle into "We are the Dinosaurs" and a fine sense of humor into everything else. The group also believes in offering kids truth in music — "Day Care Blues" is just that. Though CDs had already been around for eight years when this album came out, they didn't feel obligated to fill all 75 minutes of space; the 12 tracks are in keeping with a child's attention span. Their layered arrangement of "All I Want is a Perfect Cup of Coffee" is a bit reminiscent of They Might Be Giants.