Album Title: Ablum
Release Date: May 3, 2005
Genre: Children\'s
With it's reputation for putting out quality Canadian indie music, Vancouver label Mint Records couldn't have just any album be their very first children's release. They wisely went with Duplex!'s Ablum, one of those children's albums that gives you the feeling it's really more for adults' amusement than anyone under 12. Not that kids won't enjoy the rag-tag music of Duplex! either. Comprised of a 3, 11, & 12-year-old, as well as members of the Beekeepers, the Neins, and p:ano, the 18-tracks of Ablum range between the truly silly and the only slightly-silly. Although "Multiplication Treehouse" and "Camels Live In The Desert" aim to educate children (somewhat), other tracks would be right at home on a serious p:ano album. "Hanu" by the Beekeepers' Matt Caruso is just a plain good song, regardless of target demographic, and "Salad Song" by 11&12 year-olds Sierra and Saoirse sounds like a long lost song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. If you want your kids (or your own inner child) to grow up with a penchant for the quirky, this is the album they should be listening to.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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