Justin Roberts shows no signs of taking a Recess quality-wise with his ninth album for kids and their families, as melodies, lyrics, compositions, and production are as sharp as ever. The powerpoppiest of all kindie rockers, Roberts seems to be influenced by a constellation of songwriters such as Nick Lowe, Guided By Voices, The Raspberries, Elvis Costello, The Who, and Jason Falkner.
Roberts' sharp, witty, and catchy compositions on Recess are uniquely original while being ever so lightly painted by just a hint of the aforementioned musicians and bands' styles. The success of Recess is due in no small part to the production prowess of band mate Liam Davis, especially with the drums and the dense vocal harmonies. Show this album to anyone who doubts the power and craft of current kids' music and their minds will be changed immediately. Recess is definitely one of the best kids' music CDs of 2013!
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