Family music entertainer and educator Little Miss Ann is scheduled to release her latest album Friday. The album, 28 Days, is a 34-minute presentation that will appeal to audiences of any age. That is due in part to the album’s varied musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly. The album’s equally diverse lyrical themes add their own interest to its presentation and will be discussed a little later. The sequencing of the album’s collective content rounds out the album’s most notable elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the record’s whole. All things considered, they make the album a work that longtime and new audiences alike will enjoy.
28 Days, the latest album from family music entertainer and educator Little Miss Ann (a.k.a. Ann Torralba) is a presentation that audiences of all ages will find moderately appealing. Additionally, it is a presentation that Torralba’s established and new audience base will find appealing. That is due in part to the musical arrangements that are featured throughout the album’s 11-song body. The whole thing opens with a light ukulele-based work in ‘We Go Together Very Well’ before dramatically changing course in the Buffalo Springfield-esque arrangement featured in ‘Marshmallow Man.’ ‘Good Luck,’ which follows that tune, comes across as a sea shanty style composition, changing things up yet again. The stylistic changes do not stop there, either. ‘Going Down the Road’ is a full-on country/bluegrass style composition. The album’s title track, takes listeners back to that ukulele-based sound while also adding the slightest touch of soul to the mix to keep things interesting. Torralba goes the neo-folk route from there in ‘Safe at Home.’ From that point on, the changes in the album’s arrangements continue to change from one to the next, generating plenty of engagement and entertainment, again, for a wide range of audiences. The wide range of musical styles featured throughout 28 Days makes for a positive starting point for the album and is only a portion of what audiences will appreciate. The equally diverse lyrical themes featured throughout the album are important in their own way to the record’s presentation.
The lyrical themes featured throughout 28 Days cover their own wide range from one to the next. ‘Tuba’ for instance, is essentially a song that teaches a very basic lesson about some of the musicians who make up a band/orchestra. As the title infers, the song opens by introducing listeners to the tuba and how it sounds. From there, the drummer/percussionist and flautist are introduced before the attention turns to pianist and then the conductor. The song is a wonderful way to start educating pre-school and kindergarten-age children to the world of music. This should come as no surprise considering that Torralba’s day job is that of an educator.
‘Tuba’ is just one example of the diversity exhibited in this album’s lyrical content. ‘Marshmallow Man,’ which features a guest appearance from Torralba’s fellow family music entertainer, Suzie Shelton, is an even simpler song that celebrates the joy of making s’mores over a campfire. Considering that spring is here, temperatures are rising, and people are making their way to the nation’s campgrounds, the song is a fitting addition to this record. Torralba and Shelton personify marshmallows as they sing about that joy of making the spring/summer favorite treat. It is just one more example of the diversity in the album’s lyrical themes, and is fun in its own way, too.
‘Stars on the Island,’ which closes out the album and features a guest appearance by Mil’s Trills, is yet another example of the variety in the album’s lyrical content. This song is apparently a seasonal work of sorts that finds Torralba singing how Christmas is celebrated in Torralba’s home nation of the Philippines. The song finds Torralba singing about gathering fish for celebrations across the nation, composed of dozens of islands and people on one side of the world looking up at the stars realizing that things are different from where he/she resides. That theme, and the song’s light musical arrangement pair to make the song yet another important way in which the album shows its strengths. When this song’s lyrical theme, the others noted here and the rest of its themes are considered together, the whole shows clearly, the importance of the album’s lyrical content. When that engaging, entertaining, and diverse lyrical content is considered along with the album’s equally diverse musical content, the two sides join to give listeners even more to appreciate from this album. Even with this in mind, the album’s content is only a portion of what makes 28 Days appealing. The sequencing of the album’s content rounds out its most important elements.
The sequencing of 28 Days’ content is important because it clearly takes the diversity in the noted content into full consideration in its execution. From one song to the next, neither the record’s musical nor its lyrical content stays the same or even for too long. What’s more, the album’s sequencing balances the songs’ energies just as well. The mid-tempo feeling of songs, such as ‘We Go Together Very Well’ and ‘Marshmallow Man’ are offset well through the more relaxed feeling of ‘Good Luck’ to open the album. In the same vein, ‘Safe at Home,’ another of the album’s more relaxed works, serves as another good way to break things up again as the album progresses. The same can be said of the African vibe of ‘Mojo’ established through the use of the sleigh bells and marimba. Simply put, the songs’ energies rise and fall at just the right frequency throughout the album, ensuring listeners’ engagement in yet another way. When this is considered along with the impact of the album’s content in general, the whole of these elements makes clear why this latest (fourth) album from Little Miss Ann another positive new offering.
Little Miss Ann’s latest album, 28 Days (her fourth album) is a presentation that will appeal equally to her established and new audiences will appreciate. That is due in part to the album’s featured musical arrangements. The arrangements vary in style from one to the next and will appeal to an even wider range of listeners because they are not just kindie-pop and pre-K style compositions. The album’s lyrical content is just as diverse as its musical arrangements, covering topics from the silly to the serious from one to the next. The sequencing of the album’s content puts the finishing touch to its presentation. It ensures the content’s variety keeps listeners engaged and entertained through just as much as the energy in the arrangements. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, the noted elements make 28 Days a work that will appeal to audiences for 28 days and then some. The album is scheduled for release Friday through Marsha Marsha Records. More information on 28 Days is available along with all of Little Miss Ann’s latest news at:
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