Baby's Best

Baby's Best: Playtime Songs

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The simplistic collection of kid-friendly favorites on Baby's Best: Playtime Songs features piano-led arrangements sung by a cheery children's choir. Occasionally, an adult voice will harmonize with the Countdown Kids, as the youthful performers are known; additional instrumentation includes synthesized percussion and the occasional appearance of horns (as on the relatively imaginative "Hey! Diddle, Diddle"). The lilting melody of "Six Little Ducks" is a standout, as is a rollicking, barely in control version of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" that's sure to be a singalong favorite. The faux accordion accompaniment on an otherwise cloying version of "Frère Jacques" is a tasteful touch. Taken together, it's the nuances of Playtime Songs that save it from sameness.

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