Midwest Record (2022)

JENN CLEARY/Happy Day: A white gal with the blues drops a kiddie album that hit it right out of the park right from the start. Here we find her enacting another pivot—this time moving kiddie pop in a new genre of her own making that I’m naming for her now—family pop. Family friendly without being pabulum, she tends the seeds Maria Muldaur planted a while back in her kiddie pop forays and realizes the vision mightily. Treating kids like real people as opposed to fashion accessories, who’da thunk it? Killer stuff and guaranteed fun for kids of all ages.

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