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Kidz Bop 6

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The seemingly unstoppable Kidz Bop juggernaut keeps on rolling with Kidz Bop, Vol. 6, the tenth related release in the series. At this point, Kidz Bop albums are coming out even more quickly than Now That's What I Call Music albums, on which this series was loosely based. And, like the Now series, in its own weird way Kidz Bop acts like a report on the state of pop music. Judging from the track listing of Kidz Bop, Vol. 6, so far 2004 has been short on universally acclaimed singles like "Hey Ya!"; the closest the album comes to that is Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" -- and, actually, the song's head-bopping beat and count-along verses make it one of the more kid-appropriate songs here. As with all the other Kidz Bop volumes, this collection includes songs that work surprisingly well with kids singing along to them ("Are You Gonna Be My Girl," "Ocean Avenue"), songs that don't work at all with kids singing along to them ("Toxic," "With You," "My Immortal"), and the apparently prerequisite Sheryl Crow cover ("The First Cut Is the Deepest"). Enough people must like the Kidz Bop series for there to be so many volumes of it, but Kidz Bop, Vol. 6 is still one of its weakest installments.

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