Justin Roberts’ new children’s album, Lullaby is an album unlike any other out there right now. His new collection of songs mixes elements of James Taylor and Bob Denver with string arrangements to make a sound that both parents and kids alike will enjoy. The album’s opener, ‘Count Them as They Go’ is an excellent start to this release. It’s a gentle piece that’s perfect for putting infants to sleep. Roberts sings in this song, “Picture this/A night sky/Green field/Moon high/Soft breeze/Pure love/bare feet/Stars above/And white sheep/A picket fence/Now count them as they go/Just count them as they go1-2/Just count them as they go.” The gentle acoustic guitar, backing strings and what seems like a piano to support make for a perfectly calming combination of sounds. Roberts’ vocals add that extra touch that puts it over the top as one of the album’s best moments.Another of this album’s high points comes in the form of the song, ‘Polar Bear.’ This is a song that’s great both for infants and toddlers. Roberts sings of what would seem to be a father figure singing to his child, assuring said child that he will always be there no matter what. Again, the string arrangements add another extra layer of enjoyment. The song is centered on eighth notes played on what is either a cello or viola. The other members of the string quartet assembled for the record make beautiful music together as they back Roberts’ vocals. He sings softly to the child, “I know there’ll be times/When the rains will fall/And I’ll be standing in my polar bear suit/Waiting for your call/Cause you and I/We’re two of a pair/You’re sublime/And I’m your polar bear if you’re in trouble/Please know that I’m there/And don’t forget that/I’m your polar bear.” In an odd way, the whole song kind of hints back to Elvis’ classic song about being a teddy bear, only in a different fashion. Coincidence or not, it’s there. And it makes it that much more of an interesting and enjoyable song.
Roberts doesn’t leave out his female audiences on this album. In ‘A Wild One’, Roberts sings of a young lady who is getting ready for bed and is exclaiming her excitement of her mother telling her a bedtime story. Yet again, the folksy sound mixed with the piano backing will make it a favorite for listeners of all ages. He sings of the child’s excitement, “Let’s get it off the shelf/It’s a wild wild wild wild one/Can we read one or two/maybe ten/then start over again.” Sure, it’s told from the standpoint of a young girl. But it’s something to which both young girls and boys can relate. And parents will find their own enjoyment as it could just as easily take them back to when they, too were kids. Again, it’s just one more of the many high points offered throughout Roberts’ new LP.
Lullaby will be available in stores and online beginning November 19th. He is touring in support of his new album and will be at Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on November 17th. Fans in North Carolina will get to see him in the New Year. He’ll be performing at a series of dates in Charlotte, North Carolina in January. Fans can get his full list of tour dates and all the latest news from Justin himself online at http://www.facebook.com/justinrobertsmusic4kids and http://www.justinrobertsmusic.com.
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