Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers
Label: Bloodshot
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Animal Crackers
There's not much of a reason to give a damn about kids' music. But when it's put out by an indie label like y'all-ternative Bloodshot Records, you gotta wonder. The Beasties (whose ranks include members of the Mekons, Waco Brothers and Devil in a Woodpile) exist under the lofty thesis that kids' music need not be agonizing for adults. For the most part, they validate that on this winsome album. The brisk, short melodies and dippy, personifying lyrics about animals will nab children. But the integrity with which folk-music traditions (country, blues, bluegrass, swing, Hawaiian, ragtime) are observed will impress roots music enthusiasts. Fans of acts like Asylum Street Spankers and Squirrel Nut Zippers won't find this much of a leap at all. Isn't any kids' record that doesn't systematically dismantle a parent's sanity a successful one?