The Countdown Kids

I'm a Nut

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I'm a Nut's mildly annoying cheerfulness is lessened considerably by upbeat material and arrangements that don't rely (as much) on cloyingly simplistic synthesizers. The title track, "Donkey Riding," "Polly Wolly Doodle," and especially "The Prune Song" are all standouts which move along nicely with the aid of piano and jaunty basslines. Vocals are handled by the usual gaggle of energetic child singers; it's only during the plodding "This Old Man" or "A Tisket, A Tasket" -- which wilts behind the bewildering lilt of its principle vocalist -- that I'm a Nut starts to drag. For the most part, however, it's a fun and satisfying set of freewheeling children's music, punctuated by memorable songs and performances that resonate. A full lyric sheet is included with the album, which is rated for children aged two and above.

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