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So it’s a children’s album, effectively, any lyrics simple and delivered clearly. The sequencing makes for a natural passage from story time to deep sleep, with opener What a Big Wide World talking of making dreams come true while chimes ring out around easy rhymes about cuddly bears. The final two tracks are elegant piano instrumentals – nothing fancy, but wonderfully performed and truly soothing.
Of particular note here is Tip Toes, perhaps the most brilliant four minutes on show. No words, just Jain alone at the piano. To a baby it might well point the way to the Land of Nod; to an adult, it’ll shut out the world for a brief spell, and maybe even encourage the tiniest of lumps to lodge in the throat courtesy of its exquisite form. Lay it over any instance of self-reflection and it ups the emotional ante tenfold. The Magic Star, the only vocals gentle "oohs", is similarly enveloping.
A storybook and more products to complement this release are planned – baby clothes are already available (though at the prices being asked for, perhaps get the grandparents to cough up) – but they’re unnecessary extras, really. This release works just fine on its own, at least to grown-up ears. And should anyone who’s put it to the test on their offspring want to confirm its effectiveness at bed time, please do let us know.
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I love this - it was bought for me when my baby was born. We use it all the time. Lullabies are gentle and very parent friendly. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Millie
Lovely, soothing CD. Although these aren't traditional lullabies they are beautiful and very well arranged for soothing babies to sleep. You soon get to know the words!Published 24 months ago by Fiona