Even parents who eschew the Wiggles still want their children to know traditional songs and lullabies like “Frere Jacques” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Kids'Club's Family Songbook accomplishes the remarkable feat of delivering old standbys in a way that's appealing to children and palatable to parents. With its clean, compelling production, singing along is easy and inviting.
Family Songbook is one of three Kids'Club releases from Rock River Music, the people who bring us branded compilation CD's for lifestyle outlets like Williams-Sonoma, the Gap and Volkswagen. The album features a variety of artists, including alt-folk-rocker Lisa McCormick, Austin bluesman Ian Moore and pop diva Alana Davis performing as well as several tracks from two kids'music veterans — Elizabeth Mitchell and Farmer Jason (the kiddie-rock persona of Jason and the Scorchers'frontman). McCormick's “Alouette” and “The Alphabet Song” are playful and energetic; Mitchell's tracks, which include simple tunes like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Hickory Dickory Dock,” stand out for their subtle artistry. With both a diverse mix of artists and a unified sound, Family Songbook charmingly introduces children (and re-introduces parents) to the canon of traditional kids 'songs.