Later this month Rolie Polie Guacamole will release its latest full length studio recording. The album, Chips and Salsa, is a great new collection of songs from the veteran kindie rock act. The main reason that it is such a joy for listeners is its variety of lyrical themes. From standard material such as promoting dental hygiene in ‘Always Brush Your Teeth’ to something more outside the box in the simply titled ‘Acai’ to the promotion of America’s museums in (yes, you guessed right) ‘Museum of Natural History’ and more, Chips and Salsa gives listeners quite a wide swatch of material to think about lyrically. That’s just one reason that this independently released children’s album stands out. Its musical content boasts just as much variety. There is a fair share of standard kindie rock spread across the album’s thirteen total tracks. It is just one style that the album–the duo’s fifth–boasts. There is a hint of calypso in ‘Acai.’ The musical styling presented in the trio’s cover of ‘This Land is Your Land’ is another standout sound. It is one more reason that the musical content presented throughout Chips and Salsa makes it such a tasty musical treat for young ears. The sequencing of the album’s songs rounds out the reasons that this record proves itself so enjoyable. Considering the songs’ lyrical and musical content, it is clear that a certain amount of thought was put into even this element. Together with the noted content, all three elements together show Chips & Salsa another enjoyable record from Rolie Polie Guacamole and one that will definitely leave a great taste in listeners’ mouths.
Rolie Polie Guacamole’s latest full-length studio recording Chips & Salsa is another enjoyable recording from the Brooklyn, NY-based kindie rock band and one that is sure to leave a great taste in listeners’ mouths. Get it? Thank you. I’ll be here all week…or longer. Getting back on topic, the main reason that the band’s upcoming full-length studio recording proves so enjoyable is its overall variety of lyrical themes. Throughout the course of the album’s thirteen total tracks, the band covers quite a bit of ground. There is plenty of standard kid friendly fare in the likes of ‘Always Brush Your Teeth,’ ‘Wake Up Shake Up,’ and ‘Apples’ included as part of the record. It’s not all that the band touches on, though. There’s also a silly piece about a praying mantis included in the record in the form of ‘The Mantis’ as well as an equally interesting piece celebrating the Acai berry in the aptly titled ‘Acai.’ There is even a piece that promotes America’s museums in the equally fittingly titled ‘Museum of Natural History.’ At a time when kids are being increasingly made to believe that their cell phones and video games should be the center of their worlds, such a push to get a new generation of children interested in the nation’s houses of history is fully welcome. On a related note, it could be argued that ‘The Mantis’ could serve as the starting point in a discussion/lesson that could get children just as interested in biology and entomology or the study of insects. On another note, a song such as ‘Central Park,’ which touts all the fun things that can be done in New York’s famed greenway could be used as a starting point in a lesson about physical education. And in an age when childhood obesity has become an epidemic, this is especially important. To that extent, it along with the previously noted songs and those not noted serve collectively to show exactly why the lyrical content of Chips & Salsa is so important to its enjoyment and overall success. Keeping that in mind, the lyrical content presented in this record is just one part of what makes it so enjoyable for listeners of all ages. The musical variety presented throughout the record is just as key to its enjoyment as its lyrical variety.
The variety of lyrical themes presented across each of the songs culled for Chips & Salsa are each equally important in their own right in the grand scheme of the album. For all of the importance presented within that variety, the variety of the album’s musical content is just as important to the album’s enjoyment. For the most part, the songs that make up the body of Chips & Salsa present a familiar kindie-rock sound that is commonplace within the world of children’s music. Though, what makes that sound interesting is the variety of that sound within itself. There is a pure, straight forward rock vibe in ‘Central Park’ that is sure to have young listeners on their feet dancing to the music. ‘Hello My Name Is’ offers up more of a laid back, funk-influenced sound. And ‘Acai,’ as noted earlier, presents a clear calypso sound complete with actual steel drums. There’s even a ska-influenced piece in ‘Bird Bellyfull’ and a piece that Jack Johnson fans will enjoy in the album’s closer, the band’s cover of ‘This Land Is Your Land.’ Whether for any of these noted songs or any of the others not directly noted, it can be said that the variety of musical stylings presented throughout Chips & Salsa’s thirteen tracks makes for just as much reason for listeners of all ages to pick up this album as its variety of lyrical themes.
The variety of both the musical content and lyrical themes within Chips & Salsa is an important part of this latest new release from Rolie Polie Guacamole. While both elements are important by themselves and together, they are just part of what makes this album another enjoyable collection from the Brooklyn, NY-based band. The sequencing of the album’s songs is just as important to the album’s enjoyment as the content of the songs that make up the album’s body. The band never sticks to one musical style or overlapping lyrical theme too long. For example, the album’s second, third, and fourth song all have the standard style lyrical themes that are so common among other kindie rock acts. ‘Bird Bellyful on the other hand is anything but. The same applies with Mantis. Yet what is interesting here is that that pair of songs both present that starting point for discussions on biology even at an elementary level. That is then broken up with ‘Acai’ and ‘Hello My Name Is.’ Neither song really goes with the other musically or lyrically. In the same vein, ‘Museum of Natural Science’ doesn’t necessarily link in with the safety lesson presented in ‘Red Light Green Light’ and the pro phys. ed. lesson taught in ‘Central Park. The album’s final two songs–‘Carpenter Paul’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land’–have a tenuous connection at best. And their connection to the album’s other songs is just as slight. Considering all thirteen songs together, it can be said that plenty of thought was put into the sequencing of its songs. The band keeps things fresh from beginning to end, ensuring that listeners will remain engaged the whole time. This consideration coupled with the album’s varied musical stylings and lyrical themes makes Chips & Salsa an impressive new release from Rolie Polie Guacamole and a piece that will leave a good taste in any listener’s mouth so to speak.
The men of Rolie Polie Guacamole may have released their latest full-length studio recording without the backing of any of the major names in the world of children’s music. That aside it still proves over the course of its thirteen songs and thirty-seven minutes to be just as enjoyable as any album released by those acts that are backed by said labels. That is thanks to the combination of the songs’ lyrical and musical variety alongside the smart sequencing of the album’s songs. All things considered this latest effort from Rolie Polie Guacamole is one that is sure to leave a great taste in listeners’ mouth and a great sound in their minds and ears. It will be available Friday, September 25th. More information on this and other recordings from Rolie Polie Guacamole is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:
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