Album Review: Laura Veirs - 'Tumble Bee'

This record has a charm far beyond the nursey

  • Release Date 07 Nov, 2011
  • Producer Tucker Martine
  • Record Label Bella Union
  • Fact The idea for making music for children was born simultaneously with Laura's first son
8 / 10
While indie is often perennially infantile, the genre’s efforts at making music for kids are usually intensely cloying. Following the birth of her first child, the underappreciated Laura Veirs recorded an album of mostly traditional folk songs for children, which has charm far beyond the nursery: ‘Little Lap Dog Lullaby’ and ‘All The Pretty Little Horses’ are as beautiful as anything from Sufjan’s ‘Seven Swans’, and the record whips by on a sweet breeze, Veirs’ wry tones supplemented by ragged piano. Best of all are the traditional ‘Jack Can I Ride’, the grizzly ‘The Fox’ and Harry Belafonte’s ‘Jump Down Spin Around’, bounding along with hiccupy rhythm, but no cause for a burping.

Laura Snapes

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