Fine Print: I was given a copy of the CD for review and Kidz Bop is giving another to a reader. All opinions and statements below are my own.
Kidz Bop has released their 28th album! Once again, there are popular songs slightly rewritten for children’s ears and sung by children! My kids love Kidz Bop music, so we were very excited to check out this album! Here are the songs included:
1. Uptown Funk
2. Blank Space
3. Lips Are Movin
6. Love Me Harder
7. Steal My Girl
8. The Heart Wants What It Wants
9. Heroes (We Could Be)
10. I’m Not the Only One
13. I Lived
14. Thinking Out Loud
This is another album where we knew about half of the songs, but the other half weren’t familiar. The voices were (and have always been) great and I was comfortable (as a parent) with most of the songs. That said, I have one major complaint.
One of the reasons that we like Kidz Bop so much in our home is because I can usually be confident that they are going to tailor the songs and language to what is most appropriate for children to hear while still enjoying the song. My kids and I are fans of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” so we know all the words from the radio version. These were different, as expected, and words like “insane” were changed out for something more benign. I don’t have a problem with words like “insane” since I worked in mental health for many years and have tried to differentiate for them between “mentally ill” and when someone is just acting “insane” or “crazy” as a child would when they’re playing around. But okay, that’s not a real issue for me. The next song “Lips Are Moving” has both “dumb” and “stupid” in the radio version and these were both left in the Kidz Bop version. I know that things differ by household, but I can tell you that we don’t use the word “stupid” and I frown on the word “dumb” as well. These are personal choices, but when I see that they took out the word “insane” and left “stupid,” it makes you question whether the same person is editing these songs. So that’s my beef.
Other than that issue (which may not bother you at all!), we did really enjoy this CD. This is consistent in a long line of enjoyable albums put out by Kidz Bop.
To get everyone excited about this new album, I am giving one lucky winner a copy of the Kidz Bop 28 CD!
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