Fresh Tracks: Beppie's Nice to Meet You a children's music album … – Edmonton Journal

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Any parent can tell you little-kid logic is often chaotic and nonsensical. Instant gratification will always win out over a deeper appreciation of craft; chicken nuggets over duck confit; Cocomelon trumps Mr. Dressup.
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The same juvenille anarchy applies to the children’s music genre. Smart, accomplished songs geared towards kids are often ignored in favour of an annoying, indiscernible 45-second snippet on YouTube.

Edmonton’s Stephanie Nhan releases children’s music under Beppie and her newest album, Nice to Meet You, pulls off that crafty trick of making music appealling to youngsters while keeping their parents’ ears in mind. Her fully-formed songs are performed with exuberance and flair, hopping between genres while keeping it fun.

Nhan’s a music educator by trade and it shows in her strong performances. She can sing with gusto and has a knack for writing catchy lyrics for the under-seven crowd. Song themes range from the excitement of an approaching weekend (Freakin’ Out) to the dangers of slushies (Brain Freeze) to sci-fi funnies (Ferb the Space Tomato.) Tracks are inclusive and encouraging, side-stepping the repetitiveness and condescension that weighs down other children’s music releases.

But can mom and dad stand to listen to Nice to Meet You on repeat during a car trip? The answer is a resounding yes as the music sounds fresh and varied with nary any Baby Shark-baby speak. Disco sounds mingle with funk while Top-40 processed vocals add oomph to R&B-infused tracks. The guitars are crunchy enough that if one were to strip away the vocals some songs could pass as radio-friendly rock songs.

Beppie’s Nice to Meet You is a welcome alternative to your kids’ songs-to-annoy-mom-and-dad playlist.

chuculak@postmedia.com

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