Welcome to the City of Animals where everyone learns how to get along. Animalopolis,
the newest release from award winning children’s singer-songwriter Melany Perkins, is a
fun, educational musical adventure with 12 original tunes that teach, inspire and tickle
the funny bone. Half upbeat, AM for Dancin’ and half mellow, PM for Chillin’.
Parent's Choice Recommended Award Winner
"Songwriter and recording artist Melany Perkins, along with her husband/partner Tim "Mr Science" Perkins have traveled the world bringing knowledge and music to young audiences. Animalopolis is her fourth album, and like her previous efforts, the music is strategically designed with half the songs fast for movement, and half slow for settling down, ending with a lullaby.
The album begins with the "AM for Dancin'" section and the sweet, gentle animal naming title track, followed by the waltz time "Buggy Wuggy Blues." Continuing the upbeat pace is the bubbly two-step "Catfish In My Bathtub," the sweet feline swing of "Meow," the dancing dragon tune "Gus," and the hunting for animal sounds song "Alligator," based on the classic "Row Row Your Boat," complete with some wonderful kid giggles. "The "PM for Chillin'" section begins with the semi-rapped tale "Big Dog," and acoustic reggae of "Oliver the Octopus." One of the album's loveliest tunes is the mellow animal melody "Middle Meadow Green," where Perkins croons softly along with some very harmonious voices. The album winds down with another trio of critter tunes; which includes the slow shuffle of "Soupy Snail," the soothing "Birdie Concert," and the lazy lullaby of "Firefly." Perkins possesses a soft soothing voice, and can make her instrument shimmer with glistening finger-picked chords. All twelve songs are original, the production is clear, and her compatriots from the Kidstuff Guitar School prove to be excellent students. There is also the occasional bass, percussion and even didgeridoo from some well-chosen adults."
Lahri Bond ©2014 Parents' Choice
REVIEWS of Melany's past releases:
"Half of the songs on this jazzy recording are ideal for movement; the other half, for settling down. And all encourage being respectful."
- Parenting Magazine
"Melany's pure vocal quality is not the only talent exhibited on this recording. She is also the instrumentalist, songwriter and lyricist. Children will enjoy singing along with this excellent recording."
"This album will find a home in nearly any collection, thanks to Melany, who delivers each song with energy and wit."
-School Library Journal
"A nice mission. A neat lady. Lucky kids."
- John McAleenan, Space Coast Press
"She sings about the importance of small things. She sings because that is what she does best."
- Florida Today
"...the upbeat melodies will capture children's attention and they will be singing the songs when they've heard them only once!."
- School Library Journal