Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead Review
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The musicians behind the Rockabye Baby! albums are nothing if not well-rounded. Their rock-inspired lullaby collections feature a wide range of artists—everyone from The Beatles to Metallica. But while some of the artists—like Pearl Jam or Tool or The Ramones—may seem like odd choices for soothing bedtime tunes for little ones, others seem to be the perfect fit.

Though even the most progressive parents might raise an eyebrow at the thought of putting their newborn to bed to the sounds of Black Sabbath’s greatest hits, there’s nothing particularly strange about listening to Radiohead at bedtime. The band’s music is naturally soothing and sometimes almost hypnotic—making it a pretty bad choice for a long, late-night road trip but an excellent choice for lullabies. And the lullaby versions of the band’s hits included in the Rockabye Baby! collection couldn’t be much better.

While the songs in some of the other Rockabye Baby! albums are sometimes a bit harsh, that’s definitely not the case here. The songs feel cleaner, lighter, and even prettier than most, filled with the soothing sounds of chimes and pianos. And though plenty of unconventional instruments—like the glockenspiel and vibraphone—are still used here, the end result isn’t nearly as awkward or off-putting as it could be. Instead, it’s the kind of music that will definitely help your little one float off to dreamland each night.

For parents, meanwhile, the Rockabye Baby! collection offers an enjoyable mix of Radiohead hits—many, like “Paranoid Android,” “No Surprises,” “Subterranean Homesick Alien,” and others, from the band’s 1997 OK Computer release. And, as an added bonus, since the original songs are pretty mellow to begin with, you won’t find yourself lying awake all night with heavy drum beats and frantic rock songs stuck in your head. Instead, you’ll drift off humming “Karma Police”—the lullaby version of which might actually be even faster than the original.

While Radiohead fans will love listening to these kid-friendly versions of beloved songs (and introducing them to a whole new generation of fans), though, you don’t have to be a devoted follower of the band to appreciate this soothing bedtime collection. In fact, you don’t need to know a thing about Radiohead to enjoy the album. It’s just a smooth, calming collection of bedtime music—and it’s sure to be a favorite for parents and little ones alike.

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