Here's some background from the creators: “The ‘Cradle Rock’ lullabies are unlike any other in the marketplace today, since we wanted to focus on iconic artists and albums that appeal to music fans across a wide variety of genres,” says Steve Jones, CEO of Brash Music. “Each project is produced with child and parent in mind, so the melodic structure and tempo of each song stays true to the original.” Jones says most lullaby releases are a collection of hits or compilations by various artists. “While some projects in the Cradle Rock series follow a compilation model, most are replications of entire albums in lullaby form. Additional Cradle Rock albums in development include U2’s “The Joshua Sleep Tree,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Sleep-pea Hits” as well as lullaby albums inspired by Nickelback, Carrie Underwood and The Eagles to name a few."
I received the first three albums in the series to review. I was curious to see just how Michael Jackson's Thriller would lull my baby girl to sleep. I love classical music and children's lullabies, but sometimes get weary of the cutesy tunes made for kids. As parents we listen to our kids' favorites again and again so it's pretty awesome if we can find something we can enjoy right along with them.
As we headed out for a family car trip we popped the Thrillaby CD in to check it out. Both my husband and I remember MJ's huge hit from back in the day and loved it then. I have to say we both got quite a laugh out of hearing the lullaby version. It was quite a change. The songs on the album were recognizeable but in a much softer easy-listening version. It reminded me of elevator music, for real. I just couldn't get into it. Next we tried the Kenny Chesney CD. I'm not really a fan and don't know his music well, but hubs does. He thought the lullaby version was ok. Tolerable, but really just makes you yearn for the real deal. Lastly we tried Johnny Cash. Hmm, same result. Left me mildly amused and bewildered yet yearning for the thing.
But, as much as we weren't into it, I have to say that my kids were. I was shocked. Especially when my 8 year old liked it. I was waiting for him to start joking the lame tunes and begging us to change the music. Wrong-O! He asked to hear more. The rest of the peanut gallery, ages 5 and 3, were diggin' it too. And baby girl drifted off into peaceful slumber. And we all know there's nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby (especially in the bleary sleep-deprived eyes of mom and dad).
So there you have it. The kids vote yes, and mom and dad vote no way (unless we put it on for baby and then leave the room). In all honesty, I can see how some folks would be into this. It's a unique idea and a good one. I just wish the instrumentals didn't conjure up memories of afternoons spent sitting through episodes of Lawrence Welk with my grandparents.
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