Released this week, WHEN YOU'RE A KID, the debut EP from NYC-based SHIRA & FRIENDS, is a five-song, fifteen-minute fireball of family-friendly tunes destined to get the little ones movin' and groovin.' What struck me immediately on the opening number and title track is that Shira Kobren's voice sounds a little like a kid-friendly Liz Phair. The clap-along pop rock shifts gears into a ska-flavored groove for "Dance, Dance, Dance," while getting punked up for nighttime jam, "Doin' the PJ."
With Halloween fast-approaching, "I Want a Monster" just may wind up on the Seasonal Playlist here at Rock Father HQ. Continuing a recent trend of wrapping up an album on a lullaby note, "While I Dream of You" winds things to a close with a soft "Goodnight."
It might be short, but WHEN YOU'RE A KID packs a lot of punch.
Available direct from http://www.shiraandfriends.com/
The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars
FTC Disclosure: A copy of this EP was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn while taking into account the reaction of a 3-year-old.
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters - a newborn and a three-year-old - James Zahn is The Rock Father™.
Recent 2012 projects for James have included direction and editing on music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, and others.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Kik Axe Music, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more.
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