Thursday, October 11, 2012

"The Grand Scream of Things" by Andy Z CD Review...

"Award winning independent kids’ musician Andy Z will celebrate this Halloween season with the release of his fifth studio CD, The Grand Scream of Things, a musical Halloween audio play created especially for kids in their “tweens.”  (a2z Productions, $14.99, run time 66 minutes, for ages 8 - 12, release date October 9, 2012).
This Halloween fantasy begins with young Andy Z emerging from a dream state where he has been exhorted to “Find the Witch.”   Very much in the mode of an “old time radio show” with musical interludes, Andy’s day is a series of surreal adventures, which are mysteriously under the spell of his romantic interest, Pleadia, a teenage alien.  The Grand Scream of Things is like Fibber Magee and Molly meets Sponge Bob on a Halloween Day packed with more stream of consciousness adventure than even James Joyce could “conjure up.”
Driven by Andy Z’s quest to introduce a new art form to the landscape of entertainment for the 8 to 12 year old set, The Grand Scream of Things gives kids a chance to use their imaginations to create their own visual images for this hip bit of aural theater that incorporates a mixed bag of pop musical styles.

Produced by Grammy® nominee Tor HyamsThe Grand Scream of Things features ten Andy Z originals that range in style from Brit and American punk to hip-hop and even Big Band swing.  Listeners will hear echoes of Green Day, The Ramones, Jimmy Eat World, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and ‘70s funk band Brick.  (Andy’s song, “Pumpkin Patch,” which has been featured on NBC’s Today Show in multiple Halloween segments, is heard here in a Brit punk version titled “Punkin Patch.”)"

What we thought:  This is a really fun CD to get kiddos in the spirit of Halloween.  The songs and skits are fun without being too scary, which makes them great for school-age kids.  We love Andy Z and he definitely doesn't disappoint on "The Grand Scream of Things" :)  ABCD Diaries gives this CD an A+!
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Disclosure:  ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this CD for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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