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Kid's Dance Express: Songs of the U.S.A.

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Songs of the U.S.A. arrives as part of the Kid's Dance Express series. It's an unflinchingly patriotic set that includes brass-heavy, bombastic versions of favorites like "God Bless America," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and "You're a Grand Old Flag." It also includes the requisite folk singalong "This Land Is Your Land." But a version of "What a Wonderful World" that badly copies Louis Armstrong's unique singing style is pretty hokey, not to mention mildly offensive. Kids might not know the difference, but if that's the case, isn't the original a better idea? After a particularly histrionic "Star Spangled Banner," the bland take on Lee Greenwood's blindly patriotic "God Bless the U.S.A" that closes the album is anti-climactic and ineffective.

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