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Pop and Kidz, Vol. 1

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Because the idea of having children sing pop songs is never bad or overdone, yet another Kidz Bop-inspired series has arrived, this time under the name Pop and Kidz. For Vol. 1, which came out in 2005, there seems to be little concern with historical continuity; the organizers of the album are more interested (and perhaps rightfully so) in finding songs that children would recognize. This means that "YMCA" is in there along with the perennial favorite (it's amazing what adding barking to a song will do) "Who Let the Dogs Out" as well as "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "The Twist." The production in every song borders on the edge of insanely cheesy, not helped at all by the fact that the children who sing (there are also adults, many of whom take care of the verses while the kids chime in on the choruses) don't exactly have the highest caliber voices, although they certainly sound as if they're trying very hard. If juvenile versions of pop songs are your (or your children's) thing, you might find some enjoyment in Pop and Kidz, Vol. 1, but even then, it'd probably be better to go for the original Kidz Bop series.

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