Talk about a quick turn-off on a CD. The opening 1:30 cut on Walk On sounds like an extended radio advertisement for the band. I’m not sure what they are trying to accomplish with a self-serving piece called The Kerplunks, but it misses the mark for me.
Yes I do realize The Kerplunks are a band performing for children, but even with that audience Swim Like a Salmon, Eggs, Dino Rap, or Horns? would all have been far better choices to open the recording.
To the credit of The Kerplunks, many of the songs, including Swim Like a Salmon are ideal for active participation, which is a great way to keep children moving. That’s a plus.
The Kerplunks also don’t skimp on instrumentation here just because it’s a CD for children. There is the upright bass, highlighted in the catchy, jazzy Big String Bass, banjo, the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, baritone and drums.
There is a touch of education here, such as Dino Rap, which is catchy, active and mixed in are snippets of knowledge.
And of course kids will be singing along rather quickly here, especially on songs such as So Many Bugs.
While my kids are past this music, I can say I wouldn’t have minded it being played nearly as much as many of the limited children’s efforts out there.
Check them out at www.thekerplunks.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 24, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada