A cross between James Taylor, Loudon Wainwright and Nick Lowe, Chicagoan Justin Roberts is one of the brightest voices on today's hip kids' music scene. Way Out is Justin's fourth release. The New York Times called him a rising star in the world of children's music. This CD shows why. Justin hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a kid and he avoids cliche while writing about it. Loaded with memorable, charming songs for kids and adults including Day Camp, Doctor Doctor and Picture Day. Justin explores a variety of musical styles on Way Out with a full band. Details, details - Artist: Justin Roberts - Ages: 5 and up - Genre: Pop/Rock, Folk - Original Release Date: July 20, 2004 - Running Time: 40:52 Click to listen to a free Justin Robert's PodcastTrack Listing1. Airplane Of Food Listen 2. Day Camp Listen 3. Best Friend4. Doctor Doctor5. Way Out Listen 6. Roller In The Coaster7. Humpty's At It Again8. Picture Day9. Bigger10. I Lost The Tooth I Lost11. Backyard Spaceship12. Suppertime
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June 4, 2008
Way Out: Justin Roberts
"Children's music doesn't have a lot of great anthems. Sure, the Wiggles may be able to get a bunch of kids screaming like Shea Stadium with the Beatles in 1963 with the strains of "Hot Potato," but there are few songs that I can envision getting a crowd of kids singing along. (Think U2 and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" or "Beautiful Day," or, in a less ennobling way, KISS songs.)
But on his most recent album Way Out, Justin Roberts writes a couple songs that I think reach kids' anthemic status. "Way Out" is about various characters and their dreams and encourages kids to "sing this song as loud as you dare," while "Humpty's At It Again" adds an interesting twist to the traditional nursery rhyme with a fun "oo oo oo" chorus. In concert, these must be fun to listen to (or sing with).
The other songs are another strong collection of mostly upbeat rockers. The use of brass on four songs may induce Herb Alpert flashbacks in adults, but is a nice expansion of the sonic palette. Roberts still has fun with his lyrics, likely to generate amused smiles from kids and their parents (though the phrase "Why-oh-why-oh-why-oh-J-C-C!" in "Day Camp" is likely to go over the heads of the kids).
Way Out is Roberts' strongest album yet. With songs about school and the tooth fairy, it's targeted mostly at kids 5 to 8 years of age. Highly recommended."