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Released last year through Fisher-Price Music, THE MERRY GOES ‘ROUND is the second full-length set of kids music from singer/songwriter JEWEL. Touted as an album ”fondly made to be enjoyed by adults and children alike,” Jewel offers up a 16-track assortment of original songs and old favorites that find the songstress expanding upon her signature folk-pop stylings with a heavy dash of Southern flavor.

Album opener Sammy the Spider has already become the album’s calling card, a whimsical tale of an eight-legged adventurer making the trek from bathroom to kitchen.  Supermarket Song is a fun run through the weekly shopping list with a New Orleans-style twist, while Bucky the Bull undoubtedly borrows inspiration from the adventures of Jewel’s husband – rodeo pro, Ty Murray. 

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There’s a lot of country here, and there’s also some songs ripe for holiday playlists, with Only Shadows great for Halloween and My Favorite Things instantly conjuring the spirit of Christmas.

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What’s particularly interesting is that the album becomes more Jewel-eque as it progresses, something that should no doubt please the adult listener, though kids may have a hard time getting through the full hour of music in one sitting. Experiencing music with my own toddler, I find that the 30-minute mark is usually spot-on for optimum enjoyment.

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The Rock Father Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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FTC Disclosure: A copy of Jewel’s THE MERRY GOES ‘ROUND was provided to The Rock Father by Fisher-Price for the purpose of this review. 

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