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A Family Album

The Verve Pipe

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Album Review

Returning to action after an eight-year hiatus, the Verve Pipe shrewdly follow the lead of other aging alt-rockers by turning in a collection of songs for kids. It’s a smart move for two reasons: it gives them a marketing hook a run of the mill comeback would not, and it allows them to dabble in more musical styles than any of their previous albums did. Here, they’re allowing themselves to indulge in soft-shoe shuffles, psychedelia in the vein of Dukes of Stratosphear, country-rock, punchy power pop and, of course, lullabies, all in the guise of entertaining kids. It will surely bring a smile to many a child’s face, but the thing of it is, this is way looser than any other Verve Pipe album and much more fun, too. If they wound up patterning a full-fledged comeback after this Family Album, retaining the same spirit of fun and adventure yet turning to mature topics, they’d be cutting a distinctive path, but as it stands their record for kids is one of the best albums they’ve ever made.

Customer Reviews

A Family Album rocks!

This album is a ton of fun to listen to along with your kids. Nice to have real music on in the car and I have caught myself listening when in the car by myself. Laugh out loud funny at times!

Finally!

Finally a cool rock album that doesn't sound like kids music but it totally is! Your kids will love singing to this! Can't wait to take the family to see these guys in concert in March!

Awesome

My kids and I love this album!

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Primarily known for their post-grunge blockbuster hit "The Freshmen," the Verve Pipe formed in 1992 in Lansing, Michigan, where frontman Brian Vander Ark pieced his group together from the ashes of two local bands. He and his brother, bassist Brad Vander Ark, had previously played in Johnny with an Eye, while drummer Donny Brown and guitarist Brian Stout were veterans of Water 4 the Pool. Both bands had been local...
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