Children music is a tricky thing. As time goes by, kids are much demanding in their content. So far gone are the days where we corporations and the music industry could sell us any crap and we will buy it. Only a few talented number of people can actually pull out a classic, number of people that seems to not exist as time goes through. Truth be told, I’m not too much into children television anymore, but from I heard things aren’t as solid as back in the days and theme songs for these shows made for the little ones aren’t as memorable as they used to be.
However, everything, like a coin, has two (usually different) sides. And that would be the case with this particular style. For every crappy, generic children’s music album, there’s a We Are Happy Dads.
The Jolly Pops’ new album is a record that transcends ages. The supergroup made up both dads and moms from Minneapolis is aiming for a really young audience, yet in the middle of the road, either by accident or intentionally, they have created an album that both parents and those who aren’t, can enjoy. “Bouncy House” kicks off the material with full energy as it slowly ska out (pun intended) it’s way into the minds of those who have given this record a shot and remain them forever. The way how it builds the tempo from reflexive muted verses into the fast-paced chorus it’s just perfect. “Picnic Place” adds some gritty, western guitars into the midst along with some kid’s vocal additions in the chorus and while it would not leave you as pumped up as the first track, it still joy. The rest of the album is as eclectic as it can be and changes from one style to other with such ease, while remaining truth to itself.
There isn’t really anything bad to report. In fact, as I was jumping into this album I had all the chills in a bad way. As explained in the first paragraph, children music isn’t usually associated with the best quality ever in the market, so it was a bit unnerving and scary to write a review for this album, thinking it would be all just negative. However, this record and this band really caught me by surprise.
Criteria - 98%
In the end, with its humorous approach that at some times reminds you to the titans as Weird Al and Flight of the Concords alongside its diverse musical skills, We Are Happy Dads by The Jolly Pops is a sheer bundle of joy for not only the little ones, but the entire family. A must listen for the parents first, and for the rest second.