Practically RidiculousFall 2011 Music
A delicious new CD comes from ascending kindie rock stars The Jimmies. Singer-songwriter Ashley Albert leads the group. Effervescent word play, child savvy themes, and remarkable ease with multiple musical genres have become the group's trademark. Songs traverse genres from cool jazz through hot pop and funky rap. In "Fine Art," for example, a child's delight in creating artwork for proud parental display bounces to a bebop beat: "Glitter, glitter, glittery/sparkle, sparkle, sparkly/noodle, noodle, noodly/I made it just for youdooly." A country twang flavors "Toothless Lament" ("I'm eatin' crackers out the side of my mouth…./chompin' an apple is just out of the question…./'cause I'm missin' four front teeth/two on the top and two underneath.") And the sky's the limit at an inspiring "Career Day" at school: "I'll be a baker in Paris, France/a choreographer of swing dance/I'll plan big events, collect rents, I'll be President-and invent a new kind of shampoo." Albert never fails to tuck witty surprises into her lyrics, and she and her band of top-flight musicians perform with an unflagging, infectious sense of fun. It's clear that the group's wild and wooly music DVD release, "Trying Funny Stuff"-with its great big wow factor-was no fluke.