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January 24, 2013 - 4:48pm -- Alison

San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Alison Faith Levy, formerly the lead singer

of the kindie band The Sippy Cups, returns to the kid music scene with her

first solo album. Each song has Levy’s trademark big production sound, whether

a sensitive ballad, an up-tempo rocking number, or a middle-of-the-road tune.

Lyrics of the ten original songs are smart and have lots of kid appeal.

Highlights include a large-sounding rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” with

several added verses, the participation/movement songs “Reach for the Sky/Like

a Spinning Top” (though these are technically two different songs, the

gospel-inspired “Reach” leads smoothly into the rocking “Top”), the joyous

soft-shoe/lullaby “Baby Anteater,” and the classic folksong, “I Had a Rooster.”

Levy closes the recording with “One More Cupcake, a percussion-driven request

for “just one more” because one treat is often just not enough. Welcome back,

Alison!

Author: 
Stephanie Bange
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013