Take It From Me: Listening Lounge: Mo Phillips Monster Suit REVIEW

May 10, 2012

Listening Lounge: Mo Phillips Monster Suit REVIEW

The recently released Monster Suit CD by independent musician Mo Phillips has become one of my son's go-to rock out albums!  We got the opportunity to review the CD and found it to resonate so well with my son and his personality.  Why?  Because it is filled with tons of character, a little bit of rock 'n' roll, and a lot of funky attitude.  Said to be a "fiery blend of Americana, soul and blues," the album has a variety of cool songs like "Hot Lava," "Rollerskate Banana Peels" (a super jam of crazy energy), and "All Okay" (the album’s “lullaby” ballad)--each song has its own sound, beat, and artistic flair!
What I like about the album is that it speaks to both kids and families.  Says Mo, “As the dad of two boys, I know that sanity can be hard to come by in the parental world, and I’m just trying to offer a small dose with my music. I wanted to create an album for parents to jam to with their kids. Monster Suit is my third album for families and the first done in a proper studio (and not in my basement)!”  Mo Phillips also feels strongly about not dumbing down lyrics or melodies for kids, and he sings about topics whole families can appreciate.  On Monster Suit, these include being exactly who you want to be (“The Princess and The Cowboy”), a party gone awry (“The Worst Party Ever Thrown”), bad hair days (“Bed Head”), a surprising fact about ducks (“Ducks Don’t Get Wet”), and more.
An early childhood educator as well as a musician, Mo Phillips doesn’t hesitate to credit his initial inspiration to the kids he’s taught. He explains, “When I was teaching a class of three-year-olds in 2005, some of the curriculum ideas for what later became my “Rock ‘N’ Roll Kindy” program were born.  The kids had been doing a lot of role-play as musicians, so we made a project out of it.  They named their band Fire Guitars.  We wrote songs, recorded a CD, and put on a show for the parents.  By 2008 – after an expatriate experience soaking up the sounds of my wife’s native Australia -- I was again teaching preschool in Portland.  One day, while sitting in the sandbox with some little friends, I wrote the song “Pizza In A Cup” after being offered the umpteenth cup of sand advertised as pizza.  All of a sudden these afternoon playground sessions started producing some serious songwriting opportunities.”

In my opinion, both Mo Phillips and his Monster Suit CD are awesome!
BUY IT: Monster Suit will be available online at www.mophillips.com, cdbaby.com, and itunes.
A big THANK YOU to Mo Phillips for providing me with a free Monster Suit CD to review! I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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