Take a minute to listen to this brilliant album.
With each album, Milkshake aim to create music for children that documents the ‘time of their lives’. Instead of churning out new songs for the same age bracket, year after year, Milkshake write songs about topics that are relevant to their ageing audience.
Got a Minute? is geared toward kids aged four to nine years and includes thirty-three short, punchy songs. The themes of the songs provide a loose retrospective of the childhood years from toddler to tween with topics ranging from birthdays, car trips and lost toys to more serious social, anti-bullying and environmental awareness messages.
The opening and title track, Got a Minute, is a fast-paced gem with a theme that will be familiar to parents – kids cramming all the news, information and stuff that they have to tell you in the space of a minute –
“That little beta fish that I got that’s blue,
Well, I think I’m gonna name him Pink
And I wanna build a tree house
And live there with a pet mouse and a sea otter in the sink.
And I painted hopscotch on the living room floor
So c’mon now, let’s go play
Then you can dye my hair rainbow and teach me how to tango…”
It’s hard to pick favourites when there are just so many terrific tracks in such different styles however I was utterly seduced by the Irish-pub-inspired We Just Wanna Have Fun (unlike anything I’ve heard on a kid’s album before); the gentle bluegrass feel of Looking Out the Window of My Car, which gives you a child’s perspective on traffic; the charming cover of Tip Toe Thru the Tulips; and the pure pop sound of One of a Kind.
For whatever reason, the melancholy One Day, with strains of vintage Kate Bush, stayed with me long after the album was over – I would love to know what inspired this song (although be assured that it’s somewhat sad lyrics are not representative of the rest of the album which is firmly upbeat).
Could this be the last album by Milkshake? Possibly. Singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl are parents of tweens, whose musical taste is verging on ‘grown-up’. I hope it’s not the last we hear from Milkshake – I love their sound and their creative take on the everyday.
Got a Minute? is available directly from Milkshake for US$14.