The Dance Remixes

Laurie Berkner

Two Tomatoes Records, 2017

http://www.laurieberkner.com

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 08/02/2018

Laurie Berkner is the undisputed queen of children's music (according to People Magazine anyway, with whom I'm inclined to agree) and here she returns with 14 reworkings of her fan favorites, done EDM style. Yes, you read that right – kids' music with electronica. That might appear unusual, but when you consider that enthusiasts of Berkner's vary widely in age, with a large number of teenagers who have remained fans after childhood, it really only makes sense. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Thankfully, since Berkner is a well-rounded songstress with two decades of experience, we get plenty of variations on EDM so, like a lot of other similar music, it's not a monotonous stream of beats and synthesizer to ad nauseam.

Sure, while they're all dance songs at their core, we get the Latin flavored fun of “I'm Gonna Catch You,” where Berkner's cocker spaniel Winston makes a cameo, and the fiddle acrobatics of Kira Willey on “I Really Love To Dance.” Animal enthusiasts will appreciate the '80s synth of “The Cat Came Back”(a tune penned by Harry S. Miller over a hundred years ago) which comes with cats meowing in the song and the finger snapping of “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz),” which champions our often overlooked little flying friends.

Mostly, though, the album is packed with Berkner's trusty classics like “We Are The Dinosaurs,” maybe her most known song “BOOTS,” and other upbeat tunes like “Rocketship Run” and “Drive My Car,” all of which are packed with the utmost fun and designed to get your body moving.

While I've been a fan of everything Berkner has done, I have to admit I approached this a little apprehensively as it seemed, well, too gimmicky. Of course, Berkner's keen sense of songwriting prowess and playful nature will likely win anyone, regardless of age, and it seems likely she could pull off an album in any genre she chooses.

Rating: B

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