The Baby Grands – The Baby Grands II
Genre: Pop/rock, Southern Rock, Children’s indie
For Fans of: Plain White T’s, Big Country, Cheap Trick Pete Seeger
The family-oriented music of collaborators Chuck Nash of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ben Rowell from Atlanta is a delightful romp through pop rock and southern-tinged acoustic singer/songwriter turf. The subject matter is all about the kids. “Brain Freeze” and “Dinosaurs” get right to point of what matters to this listening audience. “Hey!” brings in a rolling percussive track, rock organ and R&B horns. “Palindrome Express” reminds of classic pop country ditties such as Jim Stafford’s “Spiders and Snakes” with it’s trucker shuffle rhythm and witty lyrics.
The collection is actually weighty enough to keep the parents tuned in as well. “Paper Airplanes” brings in the pedal steel on still another well-executed track. The lyrics surprise throughout touching on issues ranging from identity and relationships, but stay light and often hilarious. There’s a teaching element in cuts such as “Upside Down” and “Where Are You From.”
The set is pitch perfect for Saturday morning TV and G-rated features.
Key Tracks: Brain Freeze, Paper Airplanes, Robot, Goodbye