Kidz Bop, Vol. 16 might be one of the most kid-friendly collections of songs that the franchise has put together, but it might also be one of the least interesting. While there are a few fun, danceable songs at the album's beginning and end, including Kristinia DeBarge's Rihanna-esque "Goodbye" and the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (which is so goofy that it might as well have heavily Auto-Tuned kids' voices on it), pleasant but unmemorable ballads make up most of the collection. The Kidz Bop Kids' version of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" sounds like an especially good elementary school choir performance, and the covers of Beyoncé's brooding "If I Were a Boy," the Fray's "You Found Me," and songs by Nickelback and Shinedown are fine but unremarkable. Actually, it's kind of hard to believe that kids would want to sing along with these songs, much less need special re-recorded versions of them. Even Kidz Bop usual suspects like the Pussycat Dolls and P!nk are subdued this time around, with big, but not especially fun, hits like "I Hate This Part" and "Please Don't Leave Me." "Circus," the first Britney Spears song to appear on a Kidz Bop collection since Kidz Bop, Vol. 6, ends up being a highlight almost by default, along with a version of Kanye West's "Heartless" and a cover of Hannah Montana's "Hoedown Throwdown," which ends up being less irritating than the original song from the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack. The new wrinkle Kidz Bop, Vol. 16 offers is its final song: Sinai Rose's "LOL" is an original, a brassy pop track based on text-speak that makes the usual Kidz Bop material as well as the Radio Disney pop it's aping look good by contrast. Will Kidz Bop continue to use its popularity to introduce new artists as well as reinterpret already established ones? Will there be Kidz Bopped covers of songs introduced on earlier collections? Only time will tell.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares
feat: Sinái Rose