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Posted on Saturday, December 02, 2006 @ 10:02:27 UTC
CD: What's Eatin' Yosi?
Home: Island Heights, New Jersey
Style: Children's Music
Quote: "It’s not easy to tackle every genre of music and sound equally skilled on each one, but Yosi and his musicians pull it off, from pop to rock to ragtime to reggae and beyond."
By Jennifer Layton
It’s easy to focus on the manic silliness of What’s Eatin’ Yosi? and completely overlook the musicianship. But by the fifth track, the Italian opera-styled “It’s a Pizza,” it struck me that I was hearing some lovely piano work. It’s not easy to tackle every genre of music and sound equally skilled on each one, but Yosi and his musicians pull it off, from pop to rock to ragtime to reggae and beyond.
As far as the lyrical content, well, how much of it you can take will depend on whether or not you have kids and how many minutes of The Wiggles you can watch before remembering you have laundry to do. I will say that this CD sounds like a lot of fun for kids. Combining music, silliness, and food is a great way to connect with the little ones. This CD sounds like Weird Al Yankovic decided to make a children’s album, and come to think of it, since the whole thing’s about food, this would be right up Al’s alley.
The one major drawback is that Yosi also goes for the gross-out humor kids like so much (God, do I sound old). Normally that would be amusing, but when you combine that kind of humor with songs about food, it’s a bit nauseating. “Oh yeah, we got chicken noodle soup, oh yeah, for a nose full of goop,” he sings cheerily on “Chicken Noodle Soup.” Later, we get a song called “Eat, Repeat,” and it’s not about binge-eating. It’s a peppy song about burping, complete with demonstrations. Parents concerned about table manners might want to hit the “skip” button.
There are standouts that did make me smile. “Pass the Purple Pesto Pasta Please” is a tongue-twister of a song, and I like how the kids get in the act on “Chicken Noodle Soup.” Overall, this album sounds like Yosi and his family have a lot of fun in the kitchen. I recommend it as musical accompaniment while giving the kids their first cooking lessons. And since Yosi sings about the healthy foods as well as desserts, you’ll be teaching them about a balanced diet too.
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