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Kid's Dance Express: One America, One Family

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Kid's Dance Express: One America, One Family begins badly, and stumbles head over heels down the hill from there. Apparently, the concept is to present well-known pop hits from the '60s and '70s as music for children, roping in both parent and child with the songs' memorable hooks. But from note one of "America," it's clear that it's not the Neil Diamond classic, but rather a cheesy, synth-laden retread led by a studio musician's warble. The trend continues through the obvious "We Are Family," a melodramatic "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and a cheery rendition of "If I Had a Hammer." One America, One Family's song selection isn't irritating. Normally, these cuts would present an effective cross-section of the American pop music songbook. But the versions that appear here are tepid re-hashes that shamelessly ape the production values of the originals, without adding anything of real value -- for children or adults -- to the formula. If given the chance, kids will find that it's much more fun to jump up and down or sing along to the actual Sister Sledge or Simon & Garfunkel. After all, adults do it all the time.

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