BWW CD REVIEWS: HAPPY AS CLAMS is Fun For the Whole Family

By: Aug. 08, 2013
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Lena Pennino-Smith of Long Island, New York and her "clamily" bring you HAPPY AS CLAMS, an album that preaches kid-friendly messages in a fun and silly way. On the album, Lena is joined by her performer husband BrIan Smith as well as 20 Long Island singers and musicians. Lena's voice is smooth, soft, sweet, and perfect for this kind of album, which is geared towards young kids and their parents.

This record is fun for the whole family with it's silly and quirky nature. The tracks all teach valuable lessons. Lena addresses hygiene with "Hugh Stinkfoot," family with "I Love 'U'," and manners in "Grabby the Crabby." HAPPY AS CLAMS is as punny and adorable as its tagline: It's time to "shellebrate" with your preschoolers and the whole "clamily." While most music for children is corny and slightly dumbed down, Lena's music is the opposite. HAPPY AS CLAMS is clever, witty, and acknowledges the intelligence of young children. Also, parents will enjoy the track "Cup of Jo-Jo" because, quite frankly, who doesn't love a good song about coffee? Any track about caffeine is sure to reel parents in. HAPPY AS CLAMS has songs for both kids and their parents to enjoy.

This album is definitely perfect for long car rides with youngsters who just refuse to sit still. The album even comes with interactive game ideas that incorporate movement while listening to the songs. The songs are the perfect amount of silly and offbeat, and they are sure to entice any child who listens.

Go on a roadtrip with your little ones, pop this in, and you are guaranteed a fun time.

HAPPY AS CLAMS is currently available for purchase online at iTunes and Amazon.