Dan Zanes And Friends, Family Dance

Madelyn Rosenberg

By Madelyn Rosenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Zanes, a former Del Fuego, is perhaps the only rocker making kids albums these days who has the formula exactly right. That's because his albums are for adults, too, but not in that wink-wink way where he's writing on two levels, one for each generation. He's making good music for all ages with interesting arrangements, varied, well-chosen songs (when he doesn't write them himself) and striking harmonies. The albums are tight, but they retain a feeling of spontaneity; a happy hootenanny with guest appearances from musical friends (on this album we get Roseanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III and Sandra Bernhard, along with staple Barbara Brousal). With Mr. Zanes, if a song gets stuck in your head you can be assured that it's a song worth hearing.