CD 9620 Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of U2
Produced by Marc Chait
Released on January 30, 2007
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T his is one for the Rattle and Humpty Dumpty crowd: U2’s music re-imagined as nursery lullabies. Given that my faithful ADS L570s have been replaced by baby monitors as the speakers of the house, I thought I’d give this a try. My opinion? It’s annoying, and my personal experience with babies is that they like being annoyed even less than adults do. Arranger/performer Marc Chait transcribes the original guitar parts for keyboards that emulate the sound of glockenspiel and vibraphone. If the album had been called Glocktober!: The Music of U2 Performed on Glockenspiel, I probably would have been better prepared for what followed. Instead, I was surprised to find this was just a tuneless mass of bells and blocks with wisps of melody. Not that the concept doesn’t work sometimes; “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” are actually kind of pretty. But for the most part Rockabye Baby is all rattle and no hum. If you were going to hum “Where The Streets Have No Name” or “Angel of Harlem,” would you follow Bono’s voice or The Edge’s guitar? Does the guitar even carry a melody? Of course, the conceit of a parent knows no bounds, and I’m sure there’s a cottage industry to be built around Moms and Dads who believe their kids are musically destined for bigger things than Barney. And I would tell you this: if your little son or daughter can actually identify the melodies in these lullabies, then they might be a musical genius after all.

TRACK LISTING

  1. SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY
  2. ALL I WANT IS YOU
  3. BEAUTIFUL DAY
  4. ONE
  5. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
  6. I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR
  7. ANGEL OF HARLEM
  8. WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME
  9. NEW YEAR'S DAY
  10. DESIRE
  11. THE SWEETEST THING

    All songs written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul Hewson, Larry Mullen Jr.

CREDITS

MARC CHAIT -- arranger, performer
Lisa Roth and Valerie Aiello -- executive producers
Sarah Englander Lava -- design & art direction

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US January 30, 2007 Baby Rock CD CD 9620  

 

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