Some kids´ records perch themselves atop an anti-Barney platform in the name of parental palatability, others reach out with artist recognition. But The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides goes one better, reversing the whole premise so that parents, for an entire 26-track album, fully reclaim their listening rights. So what if ´´Rubber Ducky,´´ ´´On Top of Spaghetti,´´ ´´The Three Billy Goats Gruff,´´ and ´´Señor El Gato´´ are among the song titles--this is music meant to celebrate Mom and Dad´s last remaining shreds of coolness, from the retro-inspired jewel case to the alt-country acts´ indie credibility. Alejandro Escovedo laments hitting the big One-O (´´Candy just doesn´t taste as good anymore´´) on ´´Sad & Dreamy´´; Rosie Flores sends ´em flocking to the speakers with first track ´´Red, Red Robin´´; Robbie Fulks feels the pain of ´´Godfrey,´´ the sickly unemployed amateur children´s magician; and the Cornell Hurd Band makes a compelling case for napkin use with ´´Don´t Wipe Your Face on Your Shirt.´´ Also weighing in on such subjects as funky butts, the difficulty of being green, and weasels, beans, frogs, and dogs are Devil in a Woodpile, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, and Split Lip Rayfield. Granted, grownups with R&B, jazz, or rock leanings won´t get as much mileage out of this CD as those who sniff the twang in song titles like ´´Hinky Dinky Dee´´ and like the aroma, but there´s no denying its down-home, keep-it-real musicianship--everything from Dobros to duckies do their part. If ever there was a record for musically deprived parents, this is it. Slip it in and show them, for 45 minutes if not once and for all, who´s in the driver´s seat. --Tammy La Gorce Tracklist:1. Red, Red, Robin - Rosie Flores 2. Senor El Gato - Kelly Hogan 3. Hinky Dinky Dee - One Riot One Ranger 4. Big 1-0 - Alejandro Escovedo 5. Godfrey - Robbie Fulks 6. Camptown Races 7. Down In The Arkansas - Jim & Jennie 8. Don´t Wipe Your Faces On Your Shirt - Cornell Hurd 9. Snowball - Handsome Family 10. On Top Of Spaghetti - Jane Baxter Miller 11. I Am My Own Grandpa - Asylum Street Spankers 12. It´s Not Easy Being Green - Rex Hobart 13. Cartoon Chicken 14. Three Billy Goats Gruff - Carolyn Mark 15. Three Little Fishes - Jon Rauhouse 16. Crazy Dazy - Chris Ligon 17. The Weasel, The Bean. - Split Lip Rayfield 18. The Fox - Waco Brothers 19. Cheese, Peas. - Nora O´Connor 20. Turkey In The Straw 21. Funky Butt - Devil In A Woodpile 22. Crawdad Song - The Meat Purveyors 23. Down On The Farm - Kim Lenz 24. Little Red Riding Hood - Freakwater 25. Rubber Duckie - Kelly Hogan 26. Lullaby - Trailer Bride
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