Animal Farm’s Sophomore Album Is Certain To Unite Listeners Of All Ages And Races

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This coming Friday, family entertainment act Animal Farm will release its sophomore album We Are One.  Produced by famed producer Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case), the 14-song record, which has already won the prestigious 2018 NAPPA (National Parenting Products Awards) Award, will be released via Bespectacled Records.  Hagler’s work with the group — David Ladon, Seth Adams,  Stephanie Young, Thor Breme – has resulted in a record that is another sure success from Animal Farm.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical diversity.  This will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content presented throughout the record are just as diverse, showing even more the record’s success.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, We Are One proves to be another positive new effort from Animal Farm

Animal Farm’s sophomore album is yet another strong, positive new offering from the musician-educators turned entertainers.  That is due in part to the diversity exhibited in the album’s songs.  From one song to the next, listeners engagement is ensured thanks to that diversity.  The record opens with a laid back, almost Rusted Root/Jack Johnson sort of composition in ‘Snow Bird.’  That arrangement in itself will engage grown-ups just as much as their younger counterparts.  From there, the musical styles continue in their variance from pop rock in ‘Awesome Possum’ to an almost reggae style composition in ‘Slow Down (Snail Song)’ and beyond.  The beyond in question includes an R&B style work in ‘Screen Time,’ a funny show tune sort of arrangement in ‘It Always Could Be Worse’ and a folk sort of work in ‘Nocturnal Me’ among so much more.  Simply put, from song to the next, this record keeps things interesting for listeners of all ages with its music alone.  Of course the arrangements presented throughout the record are collectively only part of what keeps the record interesting.  Its equally varied lyrical themes are just as interesting as its musical themes.

The central theme of We Are One is one of unity.  That theme is delivered through various lyrical topics that connect everybody around the world in one way or another.  Case in point is the album’s opener ‘Snow Bird.’  This song comes across as a piece about that human desire to see the world and learn what’s out there.  That is just part of the human condition regardless of where one comes from.  ‘It Could Always Be Worse!’ is even more direct, with a theme reminding people that as much as they might want to complain about this or that, things can always be worse.  It reminds listeners to appreciate that things are not, in fact, worse.  ‘Screen Time’ is another important addition to the record in regards to its lyrical content as it directly addresses the epidemic of addiction that is plaguing the world over.  Sure, it’s short and simple, but it says plenty in what little space it takes up.  ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ addresses the issue of global deforestation and its impact in a way that makes it accessible for grown-ups and children alike.  If that’s not enough proof of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes, then perhaps the easygoing theme of not rushing through life and the seeming allegory about looking past our differences to be friends in ‘Paws and Think’ (which is so truly relatable today to even adults) will prove that importance even more.  Between all of these examples and those not noted, the whole of the record’s lyrical themes prove to definitely be accessible to listeners of all ages around the world.  When this is considered alongside the importance of the record’s equally varied musical arrangements, the two elements together show clearly why this record, soon to be released, has already received an award if not more awards.  They still are not all that should be considered in examining the album’s whole  Its sequencing is the last of its most important elements.


The sequencing of We Are One is important to note because it plays just as much as the record’s musical and lyrical content in keeping listeners engaged and entertained.  From start to end, audiences will be happy to note the balance in the album’s musical energy and, again, that variance in the record’s lyrical themes.  It starts off easygoing with ‘Snow Bird.’  From there the energy rises and falls just enough in each arrangement that it leaves listeners wondering what’s coming next in the best way possible.  Even as the energy changes, the songs’ energies are never too much or too little, again ensuring that maintained engagement and entertainment.  By the time the record ends, listeners now that they will want to experience this record again and again.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear that the time and thought put into the record’s sequencing paid off just as much as the time and effort put into the creation of the album’s songs.  When it is considered along with that time, thought and effort, all three elements together make We Are One a record that is an enjoyable work for the whole family, fully deserving of its latest award win and certainly more to come.

Animal Farm’s sophomore album We Are One is a record that is certain to unite listeners of all ages in their enjoyment of its content.  It will also unite them in agreeing that it deserves its 2018 NAPPA Award and definitely any more awards that it garners.  That is proven through the record’s musical variety and the equally varied musical themes.  The themes themselves are crafted in a way that makes them sometimes accessible more to grown-ups than to kids and vice versa and even at other times to listeners of all ages.  That shows how much time and thought was put into the creation of the album’s lyrical themes.  When all of this is considered alongside the record’s so well-balanced sequencing, all three elements make the record in whole a work that certainly will unite listeners, which is what music is supposed to do.  It will be available this Friday, August 24 via Bespectacled Records.  More information on We Are One is available online now along with all of Animal Farm’s latest news and more at:









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Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band’s New Record Is Musical Fun For The Whole Family

Courtesy:  BenMar Music/Rainy Day Dimes

Courtesy: BenMar Music/Rainy Day Dimes

Los Angeles, CA’s own Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have made quite the name for itself since the release of its debut record, Oh Lucky Day! (2011). Since the release of that album, the band has received numerous accolades from the likes of USA Today, People Magazine, and the NAPPA Awards just to name a few.  The band has lived up to those accolades since that record’s release.  Now Lucky and company are set to release another record that is certain to make for even more accolades, even for those that don’t speak Spanish.

Fantastico! is an enjoyable record both for kids and adults, and even for those that don’t speak Spanish.  It is the first all-Spanish record from Diaz and company.  For those that have yet to experience the music of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, this record is anything but what one might expect from a Hispanic language record.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  Right from the disc’s first track, ‘La Vibora’ audiences are introduced to a record that will impress not just kids, but parents, too with its up-tempo, poppy vibes.  Whether listeners speak Spanish or not, every audience will enjoy the infectious mix of pop, blues, Dixieland, zydeco, and Hispanic sounds that make up this record.  It’s simply that after having listened to the opening–and the disc’s remaining seven tracks–listeners will find the entire work so enjoyable that they will end up looking up the lyrics so that they can translate them and sing along.

The urge to want to look up the album’s lyrics is actually a double whammy for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on this first Spanish language album from the group.  On the surface, it will definitely lead non-Spanish speaking audiences to try to translate the lyrics.  Those audiences with young children can use it as a solid starting point in learning a foreign language.  Given, younger audiences won’t pick but so much.  But perhaps that interest generated in a foreign language through this record could help those same young audiences to become interested in learning to speak foreign languages.  So in essence, this record is impressive both for its infectious grooves and for its ability to serve as an educational tool for listeners of all ages.

The group recently finished off a successful performance at the annual Kindie Fest.  And it has many more dates to come.  Fans of this standout act can get a full list of tour dates on its official website,  Fans can also go here to get all the latest news from the band, as well as the official Lucky Diaz Facebook page,  The Fantastico! will be available in stores and online Friday, May 3rd.    It can be downloaded on iTunes via the group’s official website and Facebook page at    And before the album drops this Friday, parents and kids will have the chance to win an mp3 of the album’s lead single, ‘La Vibora’ when they “Like” the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at  Three lucky winners will be named this Friday for an mp3 of the song to enjoy this Sunday on Cinco de Mayo.

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