>> La Bella Stella: Celebrate Earth Music Series (2012)

Artist: Various

Album: La Bella Stella: Celebrate Earth Music Series

Genre: Country, Folk, Jazz, Kids, Pop, Rock

Label: Big Round Records

Tracks: 15

Type: LP

Release Date: March 27, 2012

Discs: 1

Rating: 4.40 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A+

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If you purchase this album through the Recess Music website a portion of the proceeds will go to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord NH.

La Bella Stella is a compilation release that celebrates Earth by offering up various artists whose songs consist of everything from nocturnal animals to the sad ballad of Pluto, the planet that was. Really that has to be one of my favorites on the album. Along with a variety of topics the album also offers up a variety of music styles from electronic to indie to jazz. I think it’s safe to say that this album was one that I really would have enjoyed listening to repeatedly when my children were younger.

So what kind of topics can we expect to find on La Bella Stella (The Beautiful Star)? As mentioned above Tom Knight does a really fantastic acoustic jazz tune called I Love The Dark, which is about nocturnal animals. Fans of Indigo Swing and The Squirrel Nut Zippers should find themselves endeared to this track. Man in the Moon by Wayne From Maine is another great tune, pretty self explanatory. Fans of Cat Stevens will like this one. Rocknoceros offer up Pluto, again, the story about Pluto and how it lost it’s status as a planet. Great track. Fans of They Might Be Giants will get a kick out of this one. The last song on the album, my favorite of them all, is an acapella  number by Charity and the JAMband titled So Long To The Day. Fantastic stuff, sure to put your little ones into slumber. All in all the album was pretty solid except for the opening track, Maria Alley’s Nature’s Lullaby, which I felt needed a little polish on the vocals. It sounds off and off key at times. Still, the album is a winner for me and will undoubtedly be for your little ones. Enjoy.

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