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Rhyme Time: Kids Favorite Rhymes

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Rhyme Time: Kids Favorite Rhymes features singalong versions of well-known nursery rhymes, as performed by the Hit Crew and a children's vocal group. Unlike many contemporary children's albums, Kids Favorite Rhymes makes no attempt to be hip or cool, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, though, the album errs too much in the other direction at times, and the overly simple instrumentation and sing-songy vocals from the children become grating to all but the youngest of ears. However, there are a few moments the entire family can enjoy, such as the more sedate versions of "Frog Went A-Courtin'," "Cockles and Mussels," and "Li'l Liza Jane." With versions of songs like "The Band Played On" and "Blow the Man Down," the album goes a little bit deeper into children's songs and American popular song than some collections do, but it's still an adequate children's album at best.

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