Razor & Tie’s New Family Music Compilation Will Appeal To Grown-Ups And Children Alike

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Getting infants and toddlers to sleep, whether for a nap or for the night, is not always the easiest task. Anyone who has/had a child or even who works/worked with children will attest to this. From mobiles that play gentle music to playing to so many other means, parents and childcare workers alike have used so many methods to get little ones to sleep. Some work better than others and vice versa. This past Friday, January 26, Razor & Tie Records released a new tool to get infants and even toddlers down for a nap in the form of the new compilation record Lullapop Lullabies. This 21-song collection pulls some of the biggest pop hits from the past couple of years and presents them in harp-centered arrangements that will not only ensure children’s sleep, but also a certain interest from older listeners. The songs and the arrangements thereof are two of this record’s most important elements and will be discussed over the course of this examination. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will be discussed, too. Each element is important in its own way to the whole of this collection. All things considered, they make Lullapop Lullabies a record that new parents and childcare workers alike will appreciate.

Razor & Tie Records’ new lullaby collection Lullapop Lullabies is one of the most intriguing new children’s offerings to come along so far in this still young year. It can be said in listening through the record that it is a presentation that new parents will appreciate just as much as childcare workers. That is due in part to the record’s chosen songs. The record opens with the gentle, harp-centered take of Luis Fonsi’s hit song ‘Despacito.’ The song’s steamy lyrics are voiced here by a gentle, flowing harp arrangement that will instantly put listeners of any age at ease while still staying true to the song’s source material. Ed Sheeran, who just won a Grammy on Sunday for his hit song ‘Shape of You’ comes next and is then followed by lots more harp-centered takes on Justin Timberlake’s hit ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!,’ Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ and so many others. Simply put, the songs that make up the body of this record are works that will be familiar to any number of grown-up listeners, giving plenty of interest to the record for said listeners. Being that the record’s younger listeners will have no clue as to the songs’ identities, their arrangements will appeal just as much to them as to older listeners. That being the case, it becomes clear why the songs featured in this record are so important to its overall presentation. The noted arrangements are just as important to discuss as the featured songs.

It has already been noted that the arrangements featured in each of the record’s songs is built around a harp. From one song to the next, additional string arrangements are added at various points as are keyboard lines. The whole of those elements combine to make the record in whole sound like so many compilations released via Vitamin Records except better. The arrangements put the songs into a format that listeners maybe might have never heard, in turn making them potentially more appealing. At the same time, hearing harp-centered arrangement after harp-centered arrangement for nearly an hour can get tedious for older listeners, even despite the songs being so familiar. Of course younger listeners won’t mind since those continued arrangements are certain to keep little ones calm as long as they sleep, insuring plenty of pleasant dreams. To that end, the arrangements presented in the featured songs prove to be critical in their own way to this collection. They will insure younger listeners’ sleep soundly while in small doses, they are certain to entertain older listeners familiar with the songs. The arrangements are not the last of the album’s most important elements. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

From beginning to end, Lullapop Lullabies maintains a very constant gentile energy in each song. Given, some of the arrangements are minutely more upbeat than others. By and large though, the songs’ energies remain relatively stable throughout the course of the record’s run. This is important to note because it means parents and child care workers could easily put this record on at naptime or bedtime and just let it run without worry of the child being surprised (or parents either for that matter). That stable energy is certain to keep young minds calm even in r.e.m. sleep. This in turn insures a longer, richer sleep for little ones, again proving the importance of the album’s sequence. When the stability of the songs’ energies is set alongside the record’s familiar songs and their unique arrangements, the whole of those elements makes the record overall a presentation that is certain to earn its own place in homes with young children and in child care centers alike.

Razor & Tie’s new family music record Lullapop Lullabies is a work that is certain to appeal just as much to new parents and child care workers as it will to its infant and toddler audiences. That is proven in part through an expansive 21-song set that the noted older audiences will recognize. Those same audiences will find the songs’ gentle arrangements interesting new takes on the songs while little ones will find the arrangements soothing, leading easily to their lengthy and deep sleep. That insurance of rest is strengthened even more due to the record’s sequencing. When it is joined with the songs and their arrangements, the whole of said elements makes Lullapop Lullabies a record that is certain to find its place in any new family’s home just as much as any child care center. It is available now in stores and online, and can be streamed and downloaded here. More information on this and other titles from Razor & Tie is available online now at:

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Fox Adds The Band Perry To Its Super Bowl Pre-Game Party Performers List

Photo Credit:  David McClister

Photo Credit: David McClister

The Band Perry will join American Idol Season 11 winner Philip Phillips at this year’s Super Bowl.  The Perry siblings—Kimberly, Reid, and Neil—will join Phillips at the NFL Tailgate Party.  The NFL Tailgate Party is part of the FOX Super Bowl Sunday broadcast.  Parts of both Phillips’ and The Band Perry’s performances will appear on the network’s pre-game broadcast.

The Band Perry achieved major success with its most recent full length studio recording.  Pioneer has garnered two consecutive #1 Country hits in ‘Better Dig Two’ and its Gold certified follow-up ‘DONE.’  Pioneer as a whole record has been certified Gold.  It debuted at the top spot on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and #2 All Genre.  ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’, the band’s latest single, currently sits in the #2 spot at Country radio.  The siblings have enjoyed numerous sold out shows on its first ever worldwide headlining “We Are Pioneers” tour and just as many awards.

The Band Perry and Phillip Phillips will be joined at Fox’s pre-game party by cast members of the Broadway musicals Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys.  Renee Fleming will perform the National Anthem before the game.  Bruno Mars will headline this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show.  More information on The Band Perry is available online at http://www.facebook.com/thebandperry and http://www.thebandperry.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Andy Grammer’s debut record is a nonstop hit

Andy Grammer’s self-titled debut record is as solid as any debut record could be from an artist in any genre of music.  It’s a great album from start to finish, with more than its share of radio ready pop songs.  It has the same pop sensibilities as Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and many more.  It’s one of those albums that makes for a great road trip record, or even a weekend party.  For a first album, it’s a great first impression on listeners who are new to this up and coming pop star.

Speaking of first impressions, first impressions are said to be the most important in pretty much any aspect of life.  That includes in music, too.  And Grammer puts forward the best of first impressions on his debut record with the album opener, “Keep Your Head Up.”  He hits on a note here to which everybody can relate.  He sings of trying to make ends meet and pay the bills, and the associated mental and financial strain of it all.  Yet through it all, he reminds audiences that even through such circumstances, “You gotta keep your head up/And you can let your hair down/I know it’s hard to remember sometimes/But, you gotta keep your head up/and you can let your hair down.”  It’s a reminder to audiences of all ages that even in the toughest times, the worst thing that any person can do is let that strain get to him/her.  Both lyrically and musically, it’s one of those uplifting songs that serves a greater purpose than merely being a song.  Sure, it’s a pop song.  But it’s an uplifting pop song.  And something uplifting is exactly what the world needs right now.  So kudos to Mr. Grammer for this first impression.

The album’s first impression isn’t all that will cause listeners to sing Grammer’s praises.  Listeners–especially female listeners–will applaud him for the simply titled and lyrically straight forward song, “Ladies.”  “Ladies” is both a fun and empowering song.  It’s got a great solid beat that’ll get both male and female listeners moving.  The lyrical content is what will really win over listeners, though.  Grammer sings to his female listeners, “Ladies, you are beautiful, you are beautiful/You don’t even have to try/Ladies, you are beautiful, you are beautiful/More than you realize.”  This chorus is only one part of an entire song that both male and female listeners will appreciate.  The whole song is presented almost as a story.  Grammer explains throughout the song that his mother’s upbringing is to thank for such a song.  He writes that she tells him how women are viewed as candy, and that he needs to stand up for her and women in general.  Now if this doesn’t get him some kudos, nothing will.  Not many male pop stars are willing to write such an empowering song.  So it’s good to hear such positive words from a male towards his female audiences.

Andy Grammer’s debut record is a hit because of not only its lyrical content, but also because of its musical radio friendly nature.  it should be noted that it does carry the requisite songs of love lost and love gained.  But what’s really interesting about those songs is that whether love lost or gained, the musical side of the songs really enhance the lyrical content without overdoing it.  This is something that far too many mainstream pop stars get wrong.  They over indulge on both sides of the bar, whereas Grammer gets it just right, thanks to the guys behind the boards.  One of the prime examples of that is on “Slow.”  Grammer sings of perhaps a man talking to a woman who’s been burned one time too many by bad relationships.  The man is trying to get her to realize he isn’t like other guys.  He sings to the woman, “I give you everything you need/Sunshine, the world and all your dreams/So what are we waiting for?/But lately, it’s yellow lights and you’re breaking/Say you just want to wait and see it all unfold/Baby when you find what you’re seeking/Something you can believe in, you just got to go.”  He might be a bit over anxious.  But he wants her to know he cares.  And the musical side of the song really gets that mix of emotions from both sides through.

“Slow” is just one of many examples that could be pulled from this record as proof of what makes it such a solid work.  The reality is that it’s such a solid work that pretty much any of the album’s nearly dozen tracks could be used as a radio single.  that being the case, if this is just Andy Grammer’s first impression for fans, then it’s a strong, positive impression that could lead him to much more success in the future, given the right support.