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I FOUND YOU! is the sixth album to be released by CHRIS BALLEW of THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (PUSA) under his kindie-rock alter-ego, CASPAR BABYPANTS. Part of Seattle’s The Kindiependent Collective (alongside Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, Johnny Bregar, The Board of Education and The Harmonica Pocket), Babypants is known for consistently putting forth high-energy tot rock, and I FOUND YOU! is no exception.

Caspar BabypantsThe first of the ‘Babypants catalog to be reviewed here on The Rock Father, I FOUND YOU! rocks and rolls in such a way that those unfamiliar with Caspar might think that the album was actually a new batch of PUSA songs armed with some additional instrumentation.

One listen to the title track and you know you’re gearing up for a good time…
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The original tracks are undeniably catchy, while the updates of traditionals like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Row Row Row Your Boat” are fantastic as well. My favorite offering on this album is the creepy number called “Skeletone.”  With it’s playful inclusion of a melody borrowed from “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “Skeletone” is an early 2013 entry into my annual 31 Days of Halloween feature that surfaces each October. There needs to be a video for this.

Check out the new video for “Too Dirty To Love,” created by Charlotte Blacker (Stompy the Bear):
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The album is a little long, with the 50-minute runtime going well-beyond that 30-minute “sweet-spot” that I generally look for in a release geared toward the Kids & Family realm. My oldest (3½ as of this writing) tends to move onto other sonic pursuits after about a half-an-hour, and this album didn’t break the norm in that respect. It’s a two-serving, 19-track heap of rock.

I FOUND YOU! is available on iTunes now. Want to hear the full album for free before you buy? Visit BabyPantsMusic.com
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The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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