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Tumble Bee [CD]

Laura Veirs Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs has said that she didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during ... Read more in Amazon's Laura Veirs Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B005L3HK3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Little Lap-Dog Lullaby 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prairie Lullaby 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jack Can I Rider? 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tumblebee 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. All The Pretty Little Horses 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Fox 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jump Down Spin Around 1:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Why Oh Why 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Down In The Medder0:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Soldier's Joy 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jamaica Farewell 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Prairie Dream 1:210.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Of course Oregon's Laura Veirs is not the first artist to record a children's record – arguably 1999's Lead Belly Sings for Children (and amalgamation of his Negro Folk Songs for Young People from 1960 and Play Parties in Song and Dance from 1941) paved the way, but it's not so very long since the Songs for the Young at Heart compilation which saw contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Cerys Matthews and Stuart Staples amongst many, as well as Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian's Colours Are Brighter, and Saint Etienne's Up the Wooden Hills EP. But Veirs' offering has a lustre and sleepy delightfulness that owes much to her lilting charm of her voice and her ear for a sublime melody.

Tumble Bee began with the birth of Veirs' son, and became a project with her long-time collaborator, the producer Tucker Martine. Veirs had grown increasingly interested in the history of American children's music, and together she and Martine trawled archived collections of lullabies, clapping songs, skipping songs and playground chants, some long-forgotten, some set down in Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

The result is a merry collection of covers and re-compositions, from the ballads of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie and Peggy Seeger to work songs, field songs and schoolyard ditties of the last century. Along the way come contributions from Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket) as well as Bela Fleck and Bob Dylan's drummer Brian Blade.

As anyone familiar with the work of Veirs and Martine might expect, one of the most striking qualities of Tumble Bee is its musical richness – Veirs' strong, sweet voice swollen with brass and banjo for the album's opener, buoyed by dusty piano and distant fiddle elsewhere, and riding brightly alongside the punchily percussive title-track. But it's never distractingly busy; at other times that voice is allowed to stand near-naked as banjo, strings, and sleigh bells build slowly behind her.

Thematically, Veirs draws on all the light and shade, sadness and shadows of traditional nursery rhymes and fairy tales. And so we find vigilantes and mountain shacks, bales of cotton, bivouacs and Kingston town, as well as a whole fluttering, fidgeting menagerie – foxes, birds, elephants, frogs and mice, cows and geese. It's a subject matter that seems to suit Veirs' tone; her voice perhaps never sounded so sad and lovely as it does when carried along on the clip-clop of some hushed lullaby: "When you wake you will have cake / And all the pretty little horses." --Laura Barton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By KSali
Format:Audio CD
If you have young children and a general liking for folkish/acoustic music, then this is absolutely ideal.

Tumble Bee is NOT an album aimed primarily at adult listeners, so those childless Veirs completists who have bellyached about this exquisite collection of songs in other reviews should perhaps have listened to Veirs herself (find an interview about the making of Tumble Bee on Youtube....) before purchasing it. She wanted to produce an album of traditionally-based children's folk songs using her trade-mark sparse yet heartfelt arrangements and in my view, she has succeeded handsomely.

Probably the best judge of Tumble Bee is a child - for example, my own almost-two year-old daughter, for whom we bought the CD as a Christmas present. She was intrigued by the illustrations on the CD cover and in its booklet, but her reaction to the music was the most gratifying.

"Again!" she shouted after hearing the first track, and then after each subsequent track: "Again, again!!"

And she's not the only one. Various friends with children - toddlers and older - report similarly enthusiastic reactions from their own offspring. Not to mention the adults' own enjoyment of Veirs' efforts.

Tumble Bee has hardly been off our stereo since we first played it to our daughter. But because it's such a charming, jolly and catchy collection of songs - with none of the set-your-teeth-on-edge patronising tedious tinkliness of other CDs aimed at children, we are only too happy to keep pressing the play button.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 30 Dec 2011
By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I don't have kids,but I do like Laura Viers and I like this album.Okay,it's not July Flame, it's a covers album,but so what?It's well played and performed versions of traditonal American folk songs that sits well with her other work.Because of it's brevity, and it is short for a modern album, but actually not all that short for plenty of LPs released before the advent of the CD,it takes perhaps a few more plays to get into it,but once I had I find it unfailingly enjoyable.Tuneful, funny and sad and just flat-out fun.Simple yet not unsophisticated, check out Why Oh Why,it's in the great tradition of American folk and none the worse for it.Five stars for July Flame, but a solid four for this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Childlike and innocent 8 Nov 2011
By Chris G
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The tendency of new parents to re-visit their own childhood in an attempt to give their own offspring the best possible start in life is not an uncommon one. When you're a singer and songwriter that reminisence will probably take the form of the rediscovery of songs your parents sang to you. All very well and understandable then that Laura Veirs, mother of the delightfully named Tennessee Veirs Martine (dad is the talented producer Tucker Martine : Decemberists etc) should record an album of children's songs as her follow up to 2010's magnificent July Flame. Understandable perhaps but on hearing this news for the first time this reviewer felt a sense of despair, the exictement at the prospect of a new Veirs album dampened by the fact that it would be full of kid's songs and not her own compositions.

On reflection there is a childlike quality to many of Veirs songs and her (in the best possible way) wide-eyed approach to music which means that if anyone could get away with an album of children's songs as an artistic and musical venture worthy of more than a single listen then Veirs would probably be top of the list. So, whilst this is not a great album by any means it's better than I imagined it would be.

Many of the songs covered here will be familiar to followers of American folk and old-time music most notably "All the Pretty Little Horses" and "King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Meo" (once covered, menacingly by Nick Cave) both featuring Veirs wonderful claw-hammer banjo (with help from Bela Fleck on KKKKM). Other songs such as "Soldier's Joy" feature hoe-down fiddle whilst elsewhere there is much stomping and whooping, especially on "Jump Down Spin Around".
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Laura Veirs is pretty amazing. Her music is lovely and it is really cool that she has made an album specifically for children, so you don't have to play any nauseating kid-pop in the car. Instead you can enjoy it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 grandchildren 10 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD
Discovered Laura Veirs for ourselves 3 years ago and bought 5 CDs then found TB 4 the 4 grandkids. Meal rhymes help the food go down.
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