Children’s entertainers Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke will release their latest album Animal Tales next Tuesday, October 21st. The new album is the fifth for the British duo. And it is a wonderful companion piece to The Whizpops’ latest full length studio effort Sea Blue Sea. Whereas The Whizpops take audiences below the waves in Sea Blue Sea, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke bring audiences back to the land for a journey around the world that teaches audiences about all the different animals that populate Earth’s different regions. Along the way, they also teach a valuable lesson about ecological conservation that it very subtly mixed in. So it doesn’t come across as being preachy. The end result is an album that adults will find just as entertaining and valuable as children.
Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke have crafted an album in Animal Tales that adults will value just as much as children. One of the main reasons for this is its accessibility in terms of its writing. The elementary biology lessons prove to be just as enlightening for children as for adults believe it or not. One prime example of that accessibility comes in the form of ‘Bear Song.’ The song introduces audiences of all ages to just some of the different species of bears that live around the world. The duo introduces audiences to polar bears, black bears, and koalas, pandas, and even the different species of brown bears including the kodiac and the standard brown bear. Along the way, the duo makes note of pandas being endangered but keeps the mood light by making a light hearted joke about pandas not wanting to have babies in captivity. It’s a light hearted joke. But there is also a certain element of seriousness to this statement. It shows the importance of trying to breed pandas especially in zoos as a means to hopefully one day take them off of the endangered species list. The song’s semi country-folk sound adds to its enjoyment. It’s just one of so many different musical styles presented throughout the album. That variety of musical elements is another aspect of Animal Tales that makes this album such a joy for audiences.
The musical trip on which Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke take listeners on the duo’s new album is the central point of this record’s enjoyment. Speaking of the album’s music, its musical side is another reason that audiences of all ages will enjoy the album. Wilde and Clarke present each of the record’s songs in a different musical style from the others. ‘Armando Armadillo’ is presented accordingly against a decidedly Tex-Mex sound. ‘The Buck Stops Here’, clocks in at just under two minutes. But in that short time, its semi-bluegrass feel proves to be just as perfect a fit. By direct contrast, ‘Platypus’ is presented against a playful Dixieland style musical backing. The song’s lyrical content makes that sound even more fun for audiences. And the laid back, bluesy sound of ‘Alligator Get-Together’ fits this song just as well as alligators are so commonly seen mostly just relaxing on the banks of rivers or swimming easily up and down said bodies of water. It’s one more example of how the musical variety presented throughout this record makes it even more enjoyable for audiences. What’s more, the variety of musical styles presented on this record also serves as a great starting point in terms of introducing young audiences to different musical styles. So not only does this album serve as a great elementary level lesson on biology and conservation, but it also serves as a solid introduction for music classes, too. Once again, audiences are presented with another reason that this record is so enjoyable.
Animal Tales offers so much enjoyment for audiences. As noted, it is an entertaining and easily accessible musical lesson on biology and conservation. It also serves as an equally enjoyable elementary level introduction to a number of different genres of music. Simply put, Animal Tales is more than just a bunch of songs about animals. It is a multi-purpose teaching tool that can be used in both an elementary level science class and a music class at the same level. That is actually a much wider expanse of uses than some might think. Young audiences could even use it as a learning tool at home as it does offer a number of pneumonic devices throughout each song. That multi-purpose educational use is just as important as the record’s general entertainment value. When both of those factors are examined in depth as has been done here, they prove once more why this record is just as entertaining and valuable in the classroom as the living room. It is an album that adults will find just as valuable and entertaining and children.
Animal Tales will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, October 21st. It can be ordered online direct from Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke’s website. More information on this album, all of the latest news from Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, and all of the duo’s latest tour updates is available online at:
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