Baby's Best

Baby's Best: Quiet Time Songs

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Baby's Best: Quiet Time Songs opens with the lush, pastoral sweep of "Brahms' Lullaby." The track is an appropriate introduction to the instrumental set, which features music that drifts in the space between naptime and bedtime. Its plinking pianos and echoing production quality gives the majority of Quiet Time the feel of a music box, twinkling in another room as you lay on the carpet in the warm sunlight. While new age is certainly a touchstone for these mostly original compositions, the heavy atmospherics of that genre never enter into play here, allowing tracks such as "Moonlight," "Rainbow," and "Do You Know How Many Stars There Are?" some breathing room around the edges. While piano and synth keys are prominent throughout the set, the consistency is actually a boon, since it lets you drift off to sleep or reflection without wondering whether the next song will feature cloying vocals or goofy sound effects, two things that have a tendency to mar children's music recordings.

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