Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Lullaby" by Justin Roberts CD Review...

"GRAMMY Nominee Justin Roberts releases his first collection of original nighttime songs for families on November 19th. Lullaby is for those wee small hours just before bedtime. These 10 new songs present an unusual mix of genres, including elegant moments of chamber music, snatches of ‘70s soft rock, and sleepy bossa nova and R&B grooves. The entrancing cover art of  Lullaby was created by acclaimed illustrator Alison Jay(Welcome to the Zoo, ABC, Picture This).

In a departure from his usual power-pop, upbeat style, the artist who’s been called “the Paul McCartney of children’s music” (USA Today) and “a natural poet” (New York Times) has created a host of songs with dreamy, atmospheric lyrics and instrumentation. Amid the soothing sweetness is a hint of melancholy, very much in the tradition of “Rockabye Baby.”

Justin Roberts composed and arranged all of the songs on Lullaby. Liam Davis, the multi-instrumentalist member of Roberts’ Not Ready for Naptime Players, produced and performed on the recording, which also features several members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing strings, harp, English horn, oboe, and French horn.  Additional guest artists are vocalists from the Chicago production of the musical Hairspray, and other members of the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

Lullaby will be available from retailers nationally on November 19, 2012 (Carpet Square Records, distributed by MRI/Sony Music, $14.98 SRP)."
Justin Roberts
and the Not Ready For Naptime Players
Selected Family Concerts

November 17 ~ Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Chicago
November 18 ~ Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA
December 15 ~ Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
December 31 ~ Legoland New Year's Eve
February 23 ~ Symphony Space, NYC

Get updates and ticket links at Justin Roberts' TOUR page.

What we thought:  What a great CD to add to the naptime or bedtime routine.  These soft, cozy songs will get your little one (and you:) ready for bed in a nice, calm, soothing manner:)  It's also great for any time you want the kiddos to just calm down for a minute, you know, mellow, chill...relax:)  ABCD Diaries gives Lullaby an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples 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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