Wayne Brady

Radio Wayne

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Making a children’s album was a natural choice for Wayne Brady, whose knack for mimicry, thinking on his feet (literally), and strong, expressive voice made him a favorite on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (the less said about The Wayne Brady Show the better). And playing to the strengths of this man of a dozen personas, there's a radio concept here that allows him to play master of ceremonies, slipping in vocal asides and introductions to most of the songs. Despite a setup for greatness, though, Radio Wayne isn't a success: the production is surprisingly pedestrian, the songwriting is tame even for a children's album, and despite a few highlights, even Brady can't rescue this one from mediocrity. The material includes an inspiring or cautionary song about nearly every subject common to children’s music (“Say Please,” “Wash Your Hands,” “You Are What You Eat”), most of them as banal and simple, both lyrically and musically, as the title would indicate. Brady shines on a few nonsense songs -- “The High-Low,” “The Music Song” -- and channels a few musical greats (James Brown for "Say Please," P-Funk on "Reading Can Be Fun"), and the productions occasionally rise to meet his performance energy, even as the songwriting remains stiff and stilted. One of the few highlights, both for performance and production, is an inspired cover of “Talk to the Animals” (originally from Dr. Doolittle), with most of the arrangements coming from animal noises.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:46 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:50 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:28 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:05 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:35 SpotifyAmazon
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