Various Artists

Kids' Country Hits

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Although Capitol Records Nashville's Kids' Country Hits (subtitled "20 Chart Topping Hits for Cool Kids") is credited here to "Various Artists," it is unlike other collections given that designation in the sense that there really are no artist credits of any kind listed on the album. It's anybody's guess who is actually singing and playing on this album, except that, as revealed in the press release, Keith Urban plays guitar on the version of his hit "Somebody Like You." What happens on each track is that the musicians play arrangements of the songs identical to the hit versions, an anonymous male or female lead singer approximates the sound of the lead singer on the hit version, and he or she is joined by a children's chorus. The selections usually have something to do with youth, such as the opening number, the Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces," or are interpretable, in this context, as child-oriented, such as "Who's Your Daddy." The idea seems to be that, as children ride around in the mini-vans of America, they are hearing songs like this on the radio, and this album gives them a chance to join in with the amateurish child singers on the record and sing along. Think of it as being one step up from country karaoke.

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