When I first got the press release and album advance for “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” I automatically thought it had something to do with The Ramones. To my surprise, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is an award-winning, two time Emmy-nominated show on Nickelodeon. The series currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television with broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults. Um, yeah, not quite the GrimyGoods material, I thought. But after I read on to see that “Yo Gabba Gabba!” features some of the hottest names in movies, television, music and sports, such as: Jack Black, Tony Hawk, Biz Markie, MGMT, The Roots, The Shins, Elijah Wood, and many more ― I took “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome” for a spin.
The intro on the first track “Yo Gabba Gabba! Theme” tripped me out a bit as did the second track “Party In my Tummy.” They both have some psychedelic swirls of fun and sweet candy-coated electro beats. Moving on to “It’s Ok, Try Again” by The Shins, it’s a cute song with a deep repetitive hook that holds truth to us all whether you’re four or 29. Money Mark’s “Robob Dancing” had me swaying to his groovy beats while Biz Markie had me trying to lay down the perfect beat-box. The dreamy vocals and sweet melodies through out I’m From Barcelona’s “Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean Scary” was pretty damn awesome. It’s going in my iPod.
It doesn’t end there though, you have The Roots, Of Montreal, The Little Ones, Weird Science, Yo Dazzlers and Mark Kozelek all on this AWESOME album. Screw that Barney crap, get your kids “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome.” Finally, some bearable tunes that even you won’t mind listening to.