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Album Review

Children's music superstar Raffi maintains his stellar standards on this charming 16-song album. Don't be fooled by the title, which is something of a misnomer: this isn't all play music. In fact, it covers a range of moods and subjects, not to mention genres.

The bearded Pied Piper from Canada weaves together a selection of familiar covers and imaginative originals. There's a Celtic folk version of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," a delicate piano treatment of "Eensy Weensy Spider" (with an additional, Raffi-penned verse), and, in an interesting choice, an airy rendition of "What a Wonderful World." Among the original numbers, "Raining Like Magic" is sea-breeze calypso, "If You're Happy and You Know It" skips along on Chico Marx-style piano, and "It Takes a Village" is bright reggae with an important message. Reaching farther around the globe, "Tsetang Gangla (On the Playground)" is an adaptation of a traditional Tibetan children's song and the dreamy "May There Always Be Sunshine" alternates between English and Russian. Of special note are "Jane Jane," a bouncy tribute to Dr. Jane Goodall, who studied the chimps of Tanzania for 40 years, and the swingy title track with its nod to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Instructive, tender, joyful, and thoughtful, this is vintage Raffi. Let's Play! comes with lyrics for all the songs.

Customer Reviews

Okay

Sounded good when I was little! Used to listen to it before I went to sleep.

Raffi - Let's Play!

Some songs were sung incorrectly. Especially Raining like Magic, it sounded different than Ferngully: the last Rainforest.

Biography

Born: July 8, 1948 in Cairo, Egypt

Genre: Children's Music

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Children's music was revolutionized by the recordings of Egypt-born and British Columbia-based singer/songwriter Raffi. Although he launched his musical career as a Dylan and Joni Mitchell-inspired singer/songwriter, Raffi had his greatest success when he directed his performances and recordings to youngsters during the '80s. Raffi's albums of children's music have sold...
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