Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children Image
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  • Summary: Laura Veirs' children's album produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine was inspired by the birth of their son. It features such guest performers as Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Bela Fleck.
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  1. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Banjos, acoustic guitar, pedal steel and piano arrangements honour the songs' origins and add lilting texture to an album that will charm those who hear it, irrespective of their age. [Dec 2011, p.104]
  2. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    Veirs' offering has a lustre and sleepy delightfulness that owes much to her lilting charm of her voice and her ear for a sublime melody.
  3. 80
    Set to light, sparkling arrangements of banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, concertina, twanging mouth-bow and comically honking horns, these songs are populated with a bucolic menagerie of foxes, dogs, birds and little horsies.
  4. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Tumble Bee is mostly sweet without being cloying, its songs antiquated without feeling outdated.
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Viers' simple, honest delivery helps to keep the mood fun, yet stable and sweet, without the inevitable sugar rush.
  6. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Sure, it may be playful, uncomplicated and slightly honey-glazed but there is plenty here for music lovers of all ages to enjoy.
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    So whether or not it's really "for" children, this record still succeeds in all the ways it wants to, and Veirs charm comes across at every turn.

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