The duo of Key Wilde and MR. Clarke has picked up on its new album, Pleased to Meet You, where it left off with its 2010 debut, Rise & Shine. The duo’s fifteen-song sophomore effort is more fun for the whole family. The very first thing that audiences will note that makes this new release so enjoyable is its mix of musical styles. It boasts songs with pop influences. It also has some bluegrass style songs and even some punk and semi-hard rock style songs that are just enough for younger listeners. The album’s musical mash-up mixed with its lyrical side makes it even more enjoyable for all ages. Lyrically, it runs the gamut. The duo offers a whole new take on the classic ‘Alphabet Song’ in ‘Animal Alphabet.’ ‘Raised by Trolls’ is one song out of which even adults will get a kick. And the duo’s take on the classic railroad song, ‘Down By The Station’ in ‘Railroad Medley.’ There’s so much more that the duo has to offer on this new record, which hit stores this week. But listeners can find out all that it has to offer for themselves when they pick it up.
As noted, the very first factor in the success of this new release from Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke is its musical mix. It has elements of pop, bluegrass, reggae, punk rock, and even some semi-hard rock among other styles throughout the course of its fifteen tracks. So whatever a child’s musical taste, there’s something for every child. Some of the songs might even get some parents jamming along, too with their sound. For instance, the rockabilly style of the album’s opener and title track and the more punk rock style of ‘Bigga Bagga’ may entertain parents just as much as their kids. This is something else that should be noted about the album’s musical side. While there is such musical diversity, none of the songs are too loud or too raucous for younger listeners. Kindergartners especially will enjoy the songs’ musical side.
Having examined the album’s musical side, one need look no further than the album’s lyrical side to see what else makes this album so successful among its listeners. One of the album’s best songs, lyrically speaking is its second song, ‘Animal Alphabet.’ Everybody knows the classic ‘Alphabet Song’ that is taught in elementary schools the nation over today. Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke have taken that classic and turned it on its ear with a song that instead of having children recite letters, teaches them through song and example. They do this by singing a song about how different animals from A – Z interact. The musical backing added in, it proves to be a song that could one day take the place of the old classic and be the new standard for teachers and parents.
‘Raised By Trolls’ is another song that lyrically is a great example of what makes this new album so fun. Every parent remembers growing up, hearing their own parents get upset with them and tell them that they weren’t raised by animals. This song makes a little joke of that old line. It is sung from the vantage point of a young child playfully rebutting the line. The child responds to his or her parents, saying, “It’s not my fault, so don’t blame me. I was born in the forest and raised by trolls.” If this line doesn’t get parents and kids alike laughing, then nothing will. Again, this single line (along with the rest of the song’s verses) combine with its almost James Bond style guitar part to make for yet another highlight to Pleased to Meet You. It’s one that when today’s children grow up might even enjoy sharing with their own kids one day.
Listeners have so much music on Pleased to Meet You have so much from which to choose on this new album from Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke. One more example of what makes the album enjoyable is the duo’s modern take on two classic childhood favorites in ‘Railroad Medley.’ The duo takes on ‘Down by the Station’ and ‘I’ve Been Working on the Railroad’ in this piece. Lyrically speaking, it stays true to both of the originals for the most part. So there are no worries about any of that being changed. What parents and kids will enjoy is the updated bluegrass style used in the duo’s rendition of the songs. The shuffle on the snare drum with what sounds like a pair of brushes actually sounds like a train chugging down the tracks. There’s also something that sounds like either a brake drum or an anvil used to sound like railroad workers pounding railroad spikes into the ties. At one point, it’s even used to sound like a railroad bell at a station in which a trail pulls. This helps make visualizing the song even easier. It’s just one of so many aspects that listeners will enjoy with every listen after picking up this new album. It can be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com/Pleased-Meet-You-Wilde-Clarke/dp/B00CK6XENM/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1369316526&sr=1-2&keywords=Key+Wilde+%26+Mr.+Clarke. Fans can also go to the duo’s official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Key-Wilde-Mr-Clarke/112784651164 or its official website, http://www.keywildeandmrclarke to get the latest news, tour info, and more from the guys.
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