Wednesday, August 28 2013 13:28

Review: BOSSY FROG - 15 Songs Every Kid Should Know... and Will Love

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Before I even started listening to BOSSY FROG PRODUCTIONS' latest release, 15 SONGS EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW (AND WILL LOVE!), I was already reworking the title into other variations. "15 Songs Ever Parent is Tired Of (So Play 'Em Again!)"; "15 Songs You Already Have 15 Versions Of (So Here's 16!)"; "15 Songs We Probably Won't Have to License Because They're Probably in the Public Domain (No Royalties!)"; and my favorite, "Hey! At Least it's Not KIDZ BOP (Make the Pain Stop, Act II)". In reality, 15 SONGS isn't bad... but it's not great, either.

The album's high note is it's opening track, a version of the nursery rhyme, "Five Green Speckled Frogs" -

15-Songs-Cover-Art-72dpiUtilizing a crew of over 40 New York-based musicians under the direction of BOSSY FROG's Jefferey Friedberg, 15 SONGS presents these familiar songs in a fashion filled with Americana and beyond, reworking them with elements of folk, cajun, blues, and more. The big problem is, they're still those same familiar songs that you probably already have several versions of.  But if you don't? Then this is an album well-worth adding to your children's sonic arsenal.

On a positive note, the official website for 15 SONGS offers videos and guitar lessons that can be a lot of fun, especially if you're a musical parent that wants to give a live performance for the kids, which is really where these songs work best. In moderation...


The Rock Father Rating: 2.5/5 - Average

Disclosure: A Digital Copy of this album was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of possible review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

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