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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Yo Gabba Gabba CD

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Yo Gabba Gabba - Music Is Awesome
21 Hit Songs from the Hit Show
Filter U.S. 2009

As my first foray into music reviewing, this is a difficult choice.   I am not familiar with the character, and so did not know what to expect…

This is a CD with music from the children’s program of the same name: Yo Gabba Gabba.  There are a total of 21 cuts on this CD with Yo Gabba Gabba, as well as guest artists.

The first time I listened to the Yo Gabba Gabba CD I was without my children – and I thought someone had slipped me a mind altering substance – the theme song is trippy to say the least.  The second cut – Party in my Tummy was just as unusual (as I didn’t have a frame of reference), very techno/electronic sounding with voices bordering on chipmunkish.  It was halfway through the third track that I had to stop the CD and wait for my kids to have a listen, as it was pretty clear that this was not necessarily for me.

The next morning, on the way to school, with my four kids crammed into a small car, and when by all accounts the volume level and complaint level should have been at a peak, I plugged in the CD and waited for the response.  They loved it.  To them it was funny, hypnotic, and cute all at the same time.  They were captivated from the first song until we made it to school, about half-way through the disc; when I picked them up after school the first thing they asked for was to listen to the CD again! I’m glad I did, as it gave me a chance to hear cut 10 (The Roots with Lovely, Love My Family) a beautiful non-electronic song, and cut 19 (Mark Kozelek – Bedtime Lullaby), exactly what the kids needed to relax in the car on the way home.

Now that I’ve listened to the disc more than a few times, the more techno songs have grown on me, and I still like the 2 more acoustic songs on the Yo Habba Gabba CD.

I would give this a thumbs up for Yo Gabba Gabba fans and neophytes alike.

Carolyn Genge

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