Rachel's Blog: Review: I Like to Sing - Justine Clarke
Justine Clarke's I Like to Sing! passes the crucial test for an album for children. It can be put on repeat for days and days and nearby adults will not want to screw small toys into their ears to drown out the noise.
The music is complex, layered and fun. Writer Peter Dasent (Play School pianist) has used samba rhythms, circus music, jazz beats and a wealth of musical tricks to give each track it's own personality and story. The lyrics and themes have also been carefully written, being relevant to preschoolers, yet surreal and silly.
In the same way that Play School addresses each individual child, Clarkes' singing does the same. While taking on the role of a cheeky kid, she is singing to her best friend and expects them to join in. It's difficult not to.
Cook was in the kitchen, tapping both his feet
Banging on the pots and pans, chicken heard the beat
Stood up in the skillet and began to kick his legs
That chicken was as naked as when it was an egg
It was the dancing chicken, dancing chicken!
No costumes, no merchandising, no choreography, no dance troupe, yet excellent for car trips. If you don't think the W*ggles need any more encouragement, yet your youngest friends aren't quite ready for Rammstein, I recommend it.
In this interview with Preschool Entertainment Clarke discusses the background of the album and promises a tour.