Editors’ Notes Repetition, repetition, repetition: it’s the cardinal rule of kids’ music, and the first one Dan Zanes lines up to break on this wide-ranging, musically adventurous album of spirituals, Zulu chants, sea shanties and shaggy-dog folk-rock. But then the former Del Fuegos frontman doesn’t make “kids’ music”, exactly; he makes “age-desegregated” music—meant for entire families, who don’t necessarily need to hear songs about ex-girlfriends and bars, on the one hand, or dinosaurs and fruit salads, on the other. Some of the musical pairings here are so unlikely as to be pure genius: the Kronos Quartet meets Leadbelly on “Grey Goose” while Nick Cave sounds positively cuddly on “Sweet Rosyanne”. Elsewhere, the Blind Boys of Alabama provide harmonies on the rousing gospel spiritual “Welcome Table” (nicely updated here with lyrics about the American civil rights movement) and Natalie Merchant guests on the lovely, lilting “Loch Lomond”. There are familiar voices from past Zanes albums, too, like Barbara Brousal’s vocals on the Spanish-language “Mariposa Olé” or Father Goose’s rowdy dancehall rhymes on “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” and “Pata Pata”. Cosmopolitan and rootsy at the same time, Catch That Train! doesn’t talk down to kids, because it’s not really talking to them at all—just making great music and hopefully inspiring families to cook up some of their own.

SONG
Catch That Train!
1
3:20
 
Let's Shake
2
2:45
 
Welcome Table
3
3:09
 
Mariposa Ole
4
2:34
 
Meeting In the Station
5
1:12
 
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
6
2:42
 
Pigogo
7
2:28
 
Country Life
8
2:57
 
Loch Lomond
9
2:54
 
While the Music Is Playing
10
3:44
 
I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister
11
4:09
 
The Fine Friends Are Here
12
2:41
 
Walkin' the Dog
13
2:35
 
Wander In the Summer Wind
14
2:54
 
Grey Goose
15
3:27
 
Pata Pata
16
2:52
 
Sweet Rosyanne
17
3:22
 
Moonlit Town
18
4:42
 

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