Bubble Ride by Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkees is a fun musical romp full of imaginative lyrics and engaging music. From the first song, “Moomooheehawbaabaaneigh”, you are drawn in by the fun chorus and the mix of folk rock with a rap bridge full of animal jokes. Indeed most of the music on Bubble Ride falls within a folk rock sound that matches the easy going nature of the songs, but Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkees are not stuck in a rut of one sound, swinging to blues infused rock among other sounds. The songs which seem the most effective on this album are the ones with a child’s point of view, such as “Spinning Around”, “Tickle Monster” and “What Am I To Do”, where Trien’s singing brings the world into view for kids and seems to give them a voice or give their feelings an outlet, either for silliness or as in the more serious tones of “What Am I To Do”. But even on such somber tunes there is an undercurrent of joy that drives these songs. It is the type of joy that kids will recognize as being natural and unforced, which gives the music an authenticity which is perhaps the most important aspect with music for kids. This is not just music to put on and listen to (though it works for that too), these are songs that invite participation and movement, and stoke the imagination.
A CD was provided for review.