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Various Artists

Kids' Country Hits – 2003 (Capitol Nashville)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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This project has the stench of "committee decision" all over it. Someproducer thought "Hey, maybe we should do a compilation of country songs that little kids like." And that was a good idea as far as it went, but then the bean counters got hold of it and said, "This'll never make enough money for us to use the original artists, so we'll have to use no-names." No singing credits are even listed.

That was probably a big enough blunder to sink the CD right there, since even toddlers are sophisticated enough nowadays to recognize their favorite singers, but the suits weren't near done screwing it up yet. When it came time to select the songs to be included they obviously gave the job to someone who knew nothing about country music and picked the songs based solely on the titles. So they ended up with some songs youngsters probably will like Jo Dee Messina's "Bye Bye" and George Strait's "Check Yes or No." But they also ended up with several tracks that judging by the title might be kid-friendly, but in actuality are for adults only. Hearing seven-year-olds sing "You know I got it, so come and get it" is just creepy. Creepy and wrong. Somebody should have told the crepuscular capitalists at the record company that "Who's Your Daddy" is not something dads ask their kids; it's something Daddy said to Mommy while they were practicing at making babies.Enough! Don't go near this vile dreck - especially if you have kids.