Take It From Me: Bubble Ride Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

October 5, 2012

Bubble Ride Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

Is there is anything more evident to my kids' love for music than this giant 3 disc CD player in my daughter's room?  Just yesterday my daughter started cleaning her room when she requested to listen to the new Bubble Ride album we had gotten for review.
The album has was just released earlier this week from the national award winning group Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.  It is already getting rave reviews and was featured in the October issue of Parenting Magazine.
I'm glad they happened to name their album Bubble Ride, because the Bubble Ride song just happens to be my favorite on the album.  Both the song and the album emulate the fun spirited nature of children and reflect the happiness of the world around us.
"Bubble Ride kicks off with “Moomooheehawbaabaaneigh,” a sort of barnyard onomatopoetic Afrobeat song that takes a break in the middle to feature a hilarious rap about animal conversations. A delightful feature of many of the songs on Bubble Ride is the way they “open up” to create the image of a richly textured, large vocal ensemble.  Listening to these singers harmonize makes it clear that they love what they’re doing!  This is especially apparent when Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys revisit on iconic anthem of the early '70s,  "Free to Be You and Me." The round, deep tones of Paul Kochanski’s bass provide a living foundation for the band throughout the CD, while Adam Rothberg’s mandolin playing provides an easygoing Nashville sound to “Spinning Around.”  “Tickle Monster” alternates a droll, klezmer-like slow verse with a fast and silly chorus guaranteed to tickle all listeners of all ages.  With “Yo-Yo Song” the ensemble again demonstrates its strength as a harmony group, with much credit going to the sensitive way that Julie Rama Winslow supports Vanessa Trien’s lead.  Throughout the album, Vanessa Trien displays a command of a multitude of vocal styles that emphasize the humor of songs like "Peacock Walk," the rockabilly energy of "One Fine Day," the husky blues sound of "Train Dance," and the relaxed poise of the title track."
Notes Vanessa Trien,  “Over the past two years, the Jumping Monkeys band has seen a lot of changes as new musicians have come on board, each one contributing fresh ideas and impressive talent. While I remain the primary songwriter, the band has grown into a tight-knit musical family that, together, shapes the songs and creates the sounds we want. We focus mostly on acoustic instruments since many of us come from an acoustic folk background, but we also have roots-rock-bluegrass-funk edges that get families up and dancing. I still enjoy playing solo shows, but I really love playing with the full band because it opens up a whole new world of possibilities as a songwriter and performer.” 
My kids and I really liked this album.  It was whimsical, fun, and had lots of great songs on it.  "Tickle Monster" made me laugh because our family is known for having tickle wars with each other.  So hearing the song about how you turn into a tickle monster was really fun.
Visit http://vanessatrien.com to purchase their music and if you want, you can catch the last 2 live tour dates for the season October 14th at the Coolridge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA or on November 3rd at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA

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A big THANK YOU Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys to for providing me with with a free 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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