Family music entertainer Tim Bredrup (a.k.a. Tunes with Tim) released his second album today. The independently released, 11-song record –We’re All Human — is a presentation that pre-schoolers and their parents will equally enjoy. That is due in part to its diverse musical content, which will be discussed shortly. The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content adds its own touch to the album’s presentation and will be discussed a little later. The sequencing of the collective content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation, bringing everything full circle. It will be discussed later, too. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make We’re All Human an easy, early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family music albums.
Tim Bredrup’s sophomore album We’re All Human is a strong new offering from the up-and-coming family music entertainer. It is a presentation that will appeal just as much to pre-school audiences as to their parents. That is due in no small part to the album’s featured musical arrangements. As already noted, the record’s featured musical arrangements are quite diverse. From rock, to hip-hop, to reggae, and beyond, the diversity in the record’s musical arrangements will ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment in itself. ‘Rub-A-Dub We’re in the Tub’ for instance presents listeners a musical arrangement that will take adults back to the beach music sounds of the 1960s. ‘Sweet Dreams to You,’ which closes out the album, is a light, acoustic work whose light bells, vocals and guitar present such a relaxing lullaby style composition. ‘PBJ’ gives listeners the noted hip-hop infusion. It conjures thoughts of works from Bredrup’s family music contemporary Agent 23 Skidoo in its stylistic approach or maybe even the Alphabet Rockers. The album’s title track, by comparison, is such a moving composition with its ever so slight cymbal roll accents and equally light vocals and guitar. It honestly lends itself –at least to this critic – to comparisons to works from John Lennon. On yet another note, ‘Ziggy Zaggy Zoo’ lends itself immediately to works from one of the most well-known names in the world of family music, Raffi. ‘The Manners Song’ presents the aforementioned reggae influence. Between everything mentioned here and the rest of the record’s arrangements, audiences of all ages get plenty to appreciate at least musically.
The vast spread of musical content featured in Tunes with Tim’s new album We’re All Human is just one aspect that makes it successful. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content gives listeners of all ages its own share of entertainment and engagement. ‘When The Baby’s Sleeping’ is one of the most notable works in regards to the album’s lyrical content. It is a song about the different situations in a household when an infant is sleeping and awake. Bredrup’s lyrical (and musical) presentation here will put a smile on any parent’s face. That is because every parent will relate to the different energies and how people in a household have to act when an infant is asleep versus awake. The album’s title track, by comparison is its own work that promotes unity over division among the world’s peoples. The aforementioned ‘Manners Song’ is exactly as its title notes. It is a song that promotes proper manners, which is always important for any child (and even some adults) to learn. ‘The Train Song’ is exactly what its title insinuates, too. It is a song about riding a train. It is set to the melodies of ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘B-I-N-G-O.’ So that will add to the song’s appeal even more. Once more here, audiences get another example of the overall diversity in the album’s lyrical content. Bredrup clearly never sticks to just one topic, instead giving audiences plenty to appreciate lyrically just as with the album’s musical content. Keeping all of the record’s collective content in mind, it does much to keep this album appealing. The sequencing of that content brings everything together.
The sequencing of We’re All Human is important because it is what ensures the album maintains its engagement and entertainment throughout. It succeeds at that goal, too. As noted, the album’s lyrical content is just as diverse as its musical counterpart. The sequencing is partially to thank for that. Bredrup continuously changes up the album’s lyrical themes so as to make sure listeners get something original throughout in that aspect. Examining the album’s musical arrangements, their energies and styles changes up just as constantly as the album’s lyrical content. ‘Let’s Get Ready To Go,’ the album’s opener, starts the album off on a relaxed note before making things very interesting with the up and down energy of ‘When The Baby’s Sleeping.’ The variety in that song’s energy, which matches so well with the song’s lyrical content, then gives way to the more mid-tempo vibe of ‘Ziggy Zaggy Zoo.’ The Ben Folds-esque ‘The Sneeze Song (Ah-Choo) keeps that mid-tempo energy running as the album progresses. ‘PBJ’ changes the album’s mood, turning things in a hip-hop direction, but still keeping the album’s energy even with the distinct stylistic change. Even as laid back as the song is, it still works so well to keep listeners engaged and entertained. The album’s energy gradually pulls back to its slowest and most reserved point in ‘We’re All Human’ before things pick back up in ‘The Train Song.’ The classic rock-infused ‘Do The Wigglebutt’ picks the energy up even more with its driving guitar line. From there, the album’s energy pulls back and becomes even more relaxed in the record’s penultimate song ‘Rub-a-Dub We’re in the Tub’ before ultimately setting audiences down gently with the album’s lullaby closer ‘Sweet Dreams to You.’ That finale, after so much up and down, is sure to help young listeners get down for a nap or even for the night. Simply put, the constant change in the album’s lyrical themes through its sequencing, and the balance in the energies in the album’s arrangements shows that much time and thought was put into the album’s sequencing. That time and thought paid off, as it perfectly brings everything together. To that end, the content featured in We’re All Human and its sequencing makes the album a successful offering that will appeal to pre-schoolers just as much as their parents.
Tunes with Tim’s (a.k.a. Tim Bredrup) sophomore album We’re All Human is a strong return for the up-and-coming family music entertainer. It is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of listeners. That is due in no small part to the diversity in the record’s featured musical arrangements. The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content is diverse in its own right. The sequencing of the noted content brings everything full circles and completes the album’s presentation, ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make We’re All Human an easy, early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new family music albums. It is available now. More information on We’re All Human is available along with all of Tim Bredrup’s latest news at:
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