Genre: Children's Music
Release Date: 07/04/2012
Edited Version Available: Yes
Parental Advisory: No
Other Choices: Best of Hullabaloo, Country Sings Disney, Kid's Country Song & Dance
Common Sense Says: Fun, feel-good tunes will inspire little ones to dream big.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know that Raise a Ruckus, from acclaimed and beloved children's band Hullabaloo, cotinues to raise the bar for kids' songs that not only encourage lots of movement and giggles, but also include mini-lessons the whole family can appreciate.
- Families can talk about ways to use your imagination. How can you have fun without technology?
- What are your favorite songs here? What instruments do you hear?
- Can you come up with a song of your own? What are some silly stories you could set to music?
What's the story?
Hullabaloo, known for their acclaimed storytelling songs, continue to set the standard with their 10th studio album, RAISE A RUCKUS. The 12 folk-country tracks from this beloved Southern California band raise the roof on fun in the sun and rain, silly spelling, and even rocket shoes.
Is it any good?
Whether signing about swingin' like a chimpanzee or flying to the moon in fancy rocket shoes, Hullabaloo knows how to capture the essence of childhood moments and put them to upbeat country beats that kids and parents can dance, giggle, and sing to. "Dad Upside Down" makes spelling silly and "Say Yes" proves the value of a good vocabulary, even for a preschooler. Musical storytelling and funny lyrics make Raise a Ruckus the perfect soundtrack for anytime fun.
The Good Stuff
Messages: This album encourages kids to use their imagination. "Bit Her" is about a brother learning his lesson that biting his little sister isn't OK: "No matter how hungry you get, don't ever bite your sister on the toe."
Educational Value: "Dad Upside Down" sees the silly in palindromes like "mom," "dad," and "sis," while "Say Yes" is a lesson in colorful vocabulary and the value in using big-kid words.
Role Models: Hullabaloo knows how to give kids music to sing and swing to, all the while incorporating messages about using your imagination, having fun, and of course, eating vegetables and being nice to your siblings.
What to watch out for
Violence & scariness: Not an issue
Sexy stuff: Not an issue
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: "Say Yes" mentions Facebook: Mom posts a funny video about her eloquent child.
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue