Saturday, December 19, 2009
My soon to be 17-month old may not be a "baby" anymore *tear* but that doesn't mean we can't still listen to lullabies. Sometimes we just need to de-stress and unwind, especially for the period between bathtime and bedtime. Thankfully, I've learned that I don't have to endure countless boring nursery rhymes or a neverending children's chorus to help my son fall asleep. I know I can turn to my Rockabye Baby collection.
In case you're out of the loop, the award-winning Rockabye Baby series transforms your favorite rock bands into soft, instrumental lullabies. From classic rock (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin), pop rock (Beatles, Beach Boys) and punk rock (The Cure, The Ramones) to grunge rock (Nirvana), modern rock (Radiohead, Coldplay) and even reggae (Bob Marley), there is something out there for any rock fan. Instead of guitars and drums, you'll find mellotrons, vibraphones, and bells. It's the perfect way to share the music you love with your little one.
I was first introduced to Rockabye Baby when I won the Queen rendition in a blog giveaway (read the review here!). I am extremely partial to this version (it is on heavy rotation in our home) so when I was offered the opportunity to review their newest arrival, Guns 'n Roses, I wasn't sure if I could love it as much.
1. Welcome to the Jungle
2. Sweet Child 'O Mine
3. Paradise City
4. Live and Let Die
5. November Rain
6. You Could Be Mine
7. Mr. Brownstone
10. Don't Cry
11. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
But surprisingly, I did.
With such song titles as "Sweet Child 'O Mine", "Don't Cry" and "Patience", G&R was a naturally clever choice for a lullaby album. Similarly to the Queen rendition, I found many of the tracks to be instantly recognizable. As I listened to "Paradise City", I found myself singing along, "oh, won't you please take me home...yeah, yeah". Some songs were unfamiliar to me with but I just had to research after hearing the lullaby ("Mr. Brownstone"). My favorite track has to be the Bob Dylan cover, "Knockin on Heaven's Door", but I also enjoyed the rock ballad "November Rain", which they actually managed to make less meloncholy. It was an incredibly fun yet soothing listen and I am so happy to add this gem to our musical library.
Bottom line: I would highly recommend Rockabye Baby's Lullaby Renditions of GNR, especially if you are a fan of the band. I love that I can bond with my son over music that I love. And that I don't have to pull my hair out over relentless "kiddie" music.
BUY IT: You can find Rockabye Baby Guns 'N Roses, as well as their other popular renditions, online at Amazon or at www.rockabyebabymusic.com (ARV $16.98)
DELECTABLE DEAL: If you're still looking for a cool stocking stuffer for a little rocker, you're in luck! Rockabye Baby is having a holiday special through December 31: get 10% off all orders of $50 or more with code '101' or get 20% off orders of $100 or more with code '102'! Not sure which album would be best for that new mom? Buy a digital download package and she can choose for herself!
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this album from Taylor at Rockabye Baby to faciliate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.