Arlo and Anna

A Day at Honey Creek

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Folk-pop artist Arlo Leach collaborated with singer Anna Belyaev to produce this thoroughly enjoyable collection of whimsical children's folk tunes. Children's music proves to be a perfect medium for Leach's sharp-witted lyrics and hummable sunny tunes. Moreover, both Arlo and Anna project an unpretentious charm that is undoubtedly quite appealing to children. In addition to the clever wordplay that might be expected from Leach, the lyrics exhibit a clear understanding of childhood concerns and gently advocate progressive values. "Can You Imagine That?" champions natural pleasures over technological entertainment: "Internet and CD-ROM and telephone they all fade away when I go outside." "Billie Jean" evokes Shel Silverstein in a whimsical tale about a little girl who learns to understand a vegetarian companion. "When the World Was Flat" also extols the virtues of vegetarianism, as well as tolerance of racial and sexual diversity. The music is also consistently engaging. Tunes like "My Allowance," "I'm a Zoo," and "Can You Imagine That?" are as catchy and memorable as anything on Leach's adult albums, with cheerful melodies that are enlivened by Belyaev's pleasant harmonies. Parents and kids who enjoyed Peter, Paul & Mary's Peter, Paul and Mommy records are strongly advised to check out A Day at Honey Creek.

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