Let's Go Everywhere
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Let's Go Everywhere is the kind of record that kids-music insiders get all wound up about, and for a reason that can be summed up in two tidy little words: it's awesome. Yes, when classifications must be made, Medeski Martin & Wood are sometimes thrown into the jazz genre. And yes, as musicians go, they're a pretty sophisticated outfit. But that hasn't prevented them from maintaining a direct line with their pirate- and pat-a-cake-loving sides. Everywhere rules because it's un-self-consciously funky ("Cat Creep"), uncondescendingly cool ("Where's The Music"), and unspookily moody ("Far East Sweets"). It's so obviously the product of three guys who know how to grow grooves, but also know how to grow bonds with 4-year-olds, that it makes other kids albums seem audaciously contrived, not to mention intolerably boring. Retentive types won't flinch from filing it alongside classics such as Schoolhouse Rock, Really Rosie, and the Sesame Street compilations. And four out of five preschoolers--maybe more like 499 out of 500--won't disagree: Medeski Martin & Wood merit the inclusion. --Tammy La Gorce
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My only complaint is that the CD does occasionally devolve into more "serious" MMW material, or includes a song that's just straight-up kid-friendly lyrics and structure but no jokes. The kids and I still like it (a lot!), but it's obvious MMW have a fantastic sense of humor and it would have been great to have had a CD that was more completely filled with that great juvenile silliness.
Oh well...better than any Barney CD any day, by far. Ranks right up there with classics like "Peter, Paul & Mommy", "Free to be You and Me", or Woodie Guthrie's stuff. Nice to see that artists are still producing fun, intelligent children's music. The classics are still great, but having new stuff as well is even better. :)
MMW are in their usual fine form, and great guest appearances help round out this worthy addition to their discography.