|Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of U2|
|Produced by Marc Chait|
|Released on January 30, 2007|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|CD 9620 cover
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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 Given that my faithful ADS L570s have been replaced by baby monitors as the speakers of the house, I thought I’d give this a try.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.
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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