Phineas McBoof’s Adventures Should Be In Every Family’s Music Library

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Late last month Doctor Noize and his fellow musicians, Th International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses, released the group’s latest adventure from Phineas McBoof.  The album, Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony was the seeming finale in the ongoing story of the world-renowned musical monkey.  If it was indeed the final movement (bad pun fully intended) in Phineas’ musical story then it was quite the ending.  Luckily for those that might be new to Phineas and his adventures, the first two “chapters” in his adventures are also available.  And they are available not just on CD but also in print.  The story’s first chapter is titled The Ballad of Phineas McBoof and the second “chapter” The Return of Phineas McBoof.  For those that might be new to adventures of Phineas and his band mates, both chapters are just as enjoyable as the latest.  This applies both to the stories’ print and musical platforms.  This critic will attempt to explain why in as much depth as possible and as clearly as possible beginning with each chapter’s story.  The presentation style of each “chapter” is just as important to note as its story.  That will be discussed later.  Last but most definitely not least of note in examining these two stories is the visual imagery that is used in the stories’ print platforms.  It plays just as much of a role in each chapter as each chapter’s story and the manner in which each is told.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the whole of these two chapters in McBoof’s story.  Altogether they make the first two “chapters” of Phineas McBoof’s story just as enjoyable for listeners as its latest (and last?) entry.

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

The first two “chapters” in the story of Phineas McBoof and the International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses are not new releases for 2016.  That goes without saying.  For those that might not be so familiar with the adventures of the musical monkey and his fellow animal band mates though, these two chapters make a great introduction to the group and its adventures.  That is due in part to the story presented within each chapter.  Each of the story’s first two chapters tells one part of how the band came together.  In “Chapter One,” The Ballad of Phineas McBoof , listeners learn that the whole story came to be because Phineas had become tired of the rock star life that he led.  Doctor Noize points out that Phineas wanted something new because his stardom had left him in fact feeling trapped.  So he set out to start over so to speak, leading him to meet the first members of his new band—Backbone the Octopus, Bottomus the Hip Popotamus, Riley the Robot, Lenny Long Tail, and the Ooh Gah Boo Gus.  The Return  of Phineas McBoof continues that story, introducing Sidney The Beak, Luciano Frogerati, Jose, and Placido the Flamingo.  At the second “chapter’s” conclusion Phineas once again disappears, which sets up the story’s latest installment, and likely its last.  The story is in itself fun throughout both “chapters” That is because of just how original it is both in the realm of children’s music and in the realm of children’s literature.  Speaking of those two realms they “play” into the next important element of each chapter, its presentation style.

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

The story that is presented in the first two “chapters” of Phineas McBoof’s tale is in itself plenty of reason for families to add them to their home music libraries.  It is the story of how Phineas and his band mates came to meet and form their musical collective.  While the story presented in each “chapter” is entertaining in its own right the story itself is just one of those installments so enjoyable.  The manner in which each “chapter” is presented—its presentation style—is just as important to note here as the story.  Each installment is presented both in musical and print platform.  The two platforms compliment each other perfectly.  The print platforms tell the story in a style that would make Dr. Seuss proud if he were alive today.  That is proven in the rhyme scheme used within each book and the very words that are used including the characters’ names.  The books’ musical companions complete the experience.  That is because they take the tales told in the story’s books and expand on them even more with an even fuller telling of the story complete with various musical genres and pop culture references (including references to Thelonius Monk, Ringo Starr, The Beatles, etc.).  Each presentation in itself does its own share to entertain listeners of all ages.  The pair works together to keep listeners completely entertained throughout each tale.  Even as entertaining as the story’s dual presentation style is in its bigger picture, that dual presentation style is still not all that makes the first two “chapters” of Phineas’ story so enjoyable.  The imagery that is presented in the story’s literary platforms rounds out the story’s most important elements.

The story that is told through the first two “chapters” of Phineas McBoof’s tale is in itself more than enough reason for listeners of all ages to check out these two tales.  They form a solid foundation for the final “movement” in Phineas’ adventure.  The two different ways in which the story is told in each “chapter” makes Phineas’ adventure all the more enjoyable.  It is told both in print and through music.  Both platforms expertly complement one another, making the story even richer.  While the story’s dual presentation offers a certain sense of completion for listeners, it does not make Phineas’ story one hundred percent complete.  The illustrations that are used in the story’s literary presentations complete the adventures presentation.  It is clear that the artwork that is presented in each book was crafted wholly via computer.  On the surface that might not seem very creative.  But in a deeper sense, it actually is very creative.  Parents might recognize the artworks style as being very similar to that used in the classic Super Nintendo game Donkey Kong, Jr.  It is an artistic style that has been very rarely used since the days of that game (and video game system) if at all.  The world created through the artwork is rich and vivid.  The scenes that are presented are, in whole, expert visualizations of the given scenes, too.  They do a wonderful job of bringing those scenes to life.  That is especially the case when taking in the story’s broader musical presentation.  Audiences will not just see the scenes come to life, but advance in their own minds.  This brings everything full circle.  It makes suspension of disbelief all the easier for audiences and in turn makes the story all the more entertaining and engaging.  Keeping all of this in mind, The Ballad of Phineas McBoof and The Return of Phineas McBoof prove themselves to be wonderful additions to any family’s home library and a wonderful start to the tale of Phineas’ adventures.  This applies whether audiences already own McBoof’s latest adventure or not.

Cory Cullinan (a.k.a. Doctor Noize) has crafted in The Ballad of Phineas McBoof and The Return of Phineas McBoof a solid foundation for the adventures of the famed musical monkey.  That is due in large part to the story presented in each tale.  Each one is a fun tale of how Phineas and his fellow musicians first met and set out to write the greatest song ever.  The story’s dual presentation makes the overall story so rich.  That is because its print and musical platform compliments the other with its own original elements.  The illustrations that are used in the story’s literary form complete the experience.  They make the story truly come to life and pull audiences in both in reading the story and experiencing it musically.  Each element is important in its own way to each “chapter” of the story.  Altogether they bring both chapters together to make them one whole experience that the whole family will enjoy regardless of their familiarity with the adventures of Phineas McBoof.  Both “chapters” are available now and can be ordered on record and in literary form now at Doctor Noize’s official website.  More information on those “chapters” and Phineas’ latest adventure is available online now along with all of Doctor Noize’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Phineas McBoof’s New Musical Adventure Is Set To “Crash” The Children’s Music Charts

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Courtesy: Doctor Noize, Inc.

Classical music is one of the most underrated genres of music in the musical universe.  It is a genre that for ages has received a completely undeserved reputation.  The same can be said of those that call classical a favorite genre.  Thankfully there are those out there that have and do even today make an effort to reverse that reputation with releases whose aims are to nip the proverbial problem in the bud.  They are aimed at young listeners, hoping to prove the value and importance of classical music even in today’s society.  This Friday, Doctor Noize and the International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses will join those ranks with the release of their new album Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony.  The double-disc recording is the band’s latest adventure from their ongoing series of adventures from the musical monkey megastar.  It is a recording that should be in every elementary and middle school music class and in every family’s home.  That is proven in large part through the story at the center of the record.  The performance on the part of Doctor Noize and company is just as important to note as the story.  That will be discussed later.  The music presented over the course of the two-act musical is the finishing touch to this record.  It rounds out the record’s most important elements and completes the record’s presentation.  Together with the record’s story and the cast’s acting all three elements join together to make Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony one of 2016’s top new children’s albums so far if not the year’s best so far.

Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony is one of 2016’s top new children’s albums so far if not its best so far.  That is proven in large part to the story at the center of the double-disc record.  The story picks up somewhat where The Return of Phineas McBoof left off.  McBoof is a world-renowned musical monkey.  And he has even more friends on board in this album in the form of Luciano Frogerati, Jose The Ferret, and Placido Flamingo among a whole cast of others.  The story launches with the disappearance of Phineas.  Nobody seems to know where he is at first.  That is until a not so little bird gave Phineas’ band mates a clue about his whereabouts.  They followed the clues until they found him.  The story doesn’t end there.  There is also a maniacal bunny bent on stopping Phineas and his band mates for her own diabolical purposes.  And she chases them throughout the story right to its climactic finale.  Along the way there are some fun lessons about the different instruments that make up an orchestra and even different styles of classical music just to name a couple of extra elements.  The whole thing is set to a presentation that one can actually almost envision in a live setting and not just on record.  That is just this critic’s own interpretation of course.  It would be interesting to see this story actually played out in a live setting.  It could potentially be a success for Doctor Noize and his fellow musicians.  That is thanks not just to the story but to the work of the band and other actors alongside the musicians of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.  Their work is also another reason that the record is such a success even in an audio-only presentation.

The story at the center of Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony is a key element in the success of this latest adventure story from Doctor Noize and the International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses.  It is just one of the story’s key elements.  The work of the band (fronted by Cory Cullinan—a.k.a. Doctor Noize) and that of the members of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra is another element in the success of this record.  Cullinan and company come across as being so genuine in their portrayal of McBoof and his band.  Isabel Leonard is one of the most notable members of the play’s cast.  She gives voice to the angry bunny “Mama.”  Her madness over the popularity of Phineas and his band mates is so over the top that it will leave listeners in stitches early on.  As the story reaches its end, Leonard’s portrayal of Mama will move listeners on a much more emotional level.  And John McVeigh is just as entertaining as Mama’s vegetarian shark Mama’s Boy (yes, a vegetarian shark).  He makes for a great comic relief from start to finish.  That is especially when he reveals his true talent in the play’s final scenes.  The rest of the cast is just as entertaining in its own right.  It work couples with that of Cullinan, McVeigh, and Leonard to make for an overall performance that will keep listeners completely entertained and engaged from beginning to end.  Of course theirs isn’t the only notable performance here.  The members of the accompanying orchestra are just as impressive in their coordination with the band members.  Every accent, every crescendo and decrescendo is perfection from one scene to the next.  The end result of their work, when coupled with that of the band/cast is a performance that will ensure even more listeners’ maintained entertainment and engagement.  It makes even more solid the ability to see this adventure being played out in a live stage setting.  This makes the record’s presentation that much more solid and enjoyable.  It still is not the last element to take into consideration in considering what makes the record so successful.  The music that is incorporated into the story is just as important to the record’s presentation as the record’s story and the work of the performers.

The story at the center of Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony and the work of the performers in bringing the story to life are both key elements in the record’s presentation.  The story itself will keep listeners entertained and engaged with its originality and creative approach.  The performers (including the orchestral members) are to be just as commended in the work that they put in to bring the story to life.  In the case of the band members/cast they are entirely believable in their portrayals of Phineas and his band mates.  In the case of the orchestra members, their work is to be applauded, too.  That is because of the professional performance put on by the group in whole.  The orchestra is spot on from beginning to end, making the story that much more enthralling and encompassing.  As important as both elements are to the record’s presentation they are not its only important elements.  The music that is incorporated into the record is just as important to its presentation as its story and the work of the performers.  The music in question includes elements of some great classical pieces as well as some music theory lessons incorporated into each one.  One of those pieces even connects the modern practice of using the “Verse/Chorus/Verse/Bridge/Chorus format to the ABA format in classical music.  The connection is used to exhibit just how far back the practice used by today’s most popular artists goes.  This revelation is certain to surprise young listeners (and possibly older listeners, too) just as much as the younger listeners taking in the lesson on the record.  So not only do listeners get a brief introduction into classical music history thanks to the record’s featured compositions but they will also get a brief but concise introductory music theory lesson.  The lessons in whole make this introduction to classical music that much more enjoyable and important not just for children but even for older audiences that might have otherwise never even given classical music a chance.  Together with the record’s story and the work of the performers, it could even be argued that the record in whole is a great introduction to both classical music and even musical theater for audiences of all ages.  Keeping this in mind, the record becomes even more important in this year’s field of new family and children’s records.  In fact all things considered, the record becomes, in whole, one of the year’s top new records in that division so far if not its best so far.

Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony is one of the best new children and family albums to be released so far this if not the best so far.  It is a record that is completely unlike any of the other albums within the genre to be released so far this year.  For that matter it is completely unlike any other classical children’s records released to this date.  That is obvious in the record’s story and the approach taken therein.  The work of the record’s performers throughout the story adds to the record’s originality and enjoyment.  Together with the record’s story the production in whole makes the record a work that could succeed just as easily in a live stage setting as on record.  The music history and theory lesson presented in the record’s classical arrangements adds even more enjoyment to the record.  They provide a brief but concise introduction to the different styles of classical music as well as the instrumentation and writing style within each.  It solidifies the record’s presentation and in turn shows once and for all why the record is so impressive.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of the record.  All things considered they make Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony a record that is sure to crash the children’s music world once it is released.  More information on Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony is available online along with all of the latest news from Doctor Noize and the International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses online now at:

 

 

 

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