Various Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome

Kids aren't known for their taste in music. I mean, we're talking the same age group that fell for Barney, the big, dumb purple dinosaur, and those inane Teletubbies. But I've got to give them credit for Yo Gabba Gabba! While the rudimentary and repetitive messages are clearly meant for infants, there's something trippy about the show's brain-melting colour designs, electro-pop educational anthems and silly monsters (Brobee is possibly the coolest character since H.R. Pufnstuf). That the producers also realized the crossover potential it has with adults and invited a bunch of hip artists to put their spin on life lessons makes it that much cooler. And so Chromeo teach us the importance of washing your hands ("Nice 'N' Clean"), Of Montreal promote teeth brushing ("Brush Brush Brush"), the Shins show us that winning isn't everything ("It's Ok, Try Again") and the Roots insist family comes first ("Lovely, Love My Family"). The Yo Gabba Gabba! crew, however, are strictly for the little ones. As cool as it is to hear saccharine voices inviting carrots and green beans to a "Party In My Tummy" or singing bubbles in a tub ("Bubbles"), there's a clear line drawn here between what appeals to a child and what an adult can withstand. Still, any album that ends with Mark Kozelek singing a "Bedtime Lullaby" is an awesome thing for any parent to own, especially if it rocks your kid to sleep. (Filter/Fontana North)