Two Great New Albums

by Amber on September 12, 2011

I don’t get to post much, so when I do you know it’s about something truly awesome. We’ve been listening to two new albums that we are really enjoying and would love to recommend to all our friends!

These are My FriendsAlastair Moock’s newest album for kids, These are My Friends, is an absolute delight. When an artist debuts with an amazing CD (like A Cow Says Moock) I sometimes worry that maybe, just maybe, they used up all their good material in that first album. Will the next one be as good? Will we be disappointed?

Alastair has answered my fears with a simply perfect collection of songs delivered in his singular (and lovable) gravely voice and style. But he didn’t do it alone. He’s invited lots of wonderful friends, like Vanessa Trien, Rani Arbo, Anand Nayak, and Mike Erelli. Really an all star cast!

I love Feets Up and the title song, These are My Friends, but I can’t get over how much the old Sesame classic Ladybug’s Picnic gets to me. It’s so cute to hear that song with electric guitar!

Live in LexingtonOur other favorite is the new live album from Ben Rudnick & Friends, Live in Lexington: Under the Copper Beech. Yes, these are mostly songs you’ve heard before, but to have them recorded live is such a treat!

Have you ever heard BR&F play Sally Salamander followed directly by Juicy Black Fly? Don’t you just love that? Plus, this performance included both their accordion player Mark Yacovone and Rob Lee on saxophone. Yes, their rendition of Hava Nagila on this album is extraordinary!

There are some new covers on this album too, like Jambalaya and Hey Good Lookin’. All in all you’ll be amazed that they were able to fit twenty-five songs on one CD!

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