Connecticut-based Children's Author, Musician, Teacher, and self-professed "all around cool guy," Ryan SanAngelo has assembled a brand-new collection of family-friendly fright songs for Fall. AUTUMN THEMES AND HALLOWEEN SCREAMS (out now on Little King Press) contains 20 super-short sonic blasts that clock in at a combined 34 minutes.
With the songs short, simple, and the pace brisk, SanAngelo makes a run toward the kindie market with bouncy progressions and repetition. Lots of repetition...
In fact, the repetition (most commonly of the song title) is what ultimately hurts the album, with many of the songs feeling unfinished and as hollow as a jack-o-lantern. While I certainly believe that the album was crafted with good intentions, it just feels rushed and makes for a moment like this where I genuinely feel bad about having to share my opinion. AUTUMN SCREAMS AND HALLOWEEN THEMES just didn't grab me or the munchkin (the most important critic) like I'd hoped it would. Props to SanAngelo's brother, David for the cover art.
AUTUMN SCREAMS AND HALLOWEEN THEMES - Tracklisting:
01. Hooray for Fall
02. Get a Pumpkin
03. Shake Your Bones
04. Halloween Fiesta
05. Monster Rock
06. Halloween Costume
07. Piles of Leaves
08. I Am a Tree
09. Halloween, Halloween
10. Creepy Crawly Spiders
12. Autumn is the Season
13. Scotty the Scarecrow
14. Autumn Leaves
15. Who Loves Halloween?
16. Mashed Potatoes
17. Granny Smith
18. Five Little Pumpkins
19. Windy Wind
20. Have a Great Fall
Check out Ryan SanAngelo on Facebook or at his official site to learn more about his work.
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is The Rock Father™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the parent blogging landscape, Zahn is a regular contributor to Chicago Parent, serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), and has guest blogged as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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