The new CD has recieved "NAPPA Honors" from the 2004 National Parenting Publications Awards, and is a finalist for honors from Children's Music Web.
"Calling All Movers" features the band's trademark blend of kid-friendly themes and sophisticated rock and hip-hop music. "Please and Thank You" is a Caribbean-touched homage to every parent's three favorite words. The call-and-response jam "What's in the Fridge" is evidence of the Movers' continued obsession with snack food. And "First Day of School" is a sentimental look at a milestone from a child's point of view. These and 12 other new Movers tunes will be favorites in family CD players for years to come.
"I have seen the future of children's music and its name is Imagination Movers!"
-- Kevin Griffin, Better Than Ezra
"With fresh, witty songs in a variety of pop, rock and world-beat styles, the Imagination Movers create music that kids want to hear again, again and again -- parents, too."
-- Scott Aiges, director, Music Business Development - Mayor's Office of Economic Development for the City of New Orleans
"Imagination Movers get kids and the folks alike on the floor, moving along to the playful tunes and fresh lyrics."
-- Michael Tisserand, editor, Gambit Weekly and author, The Kingdom of Zydeco
"Calling All Movers," the Imagination Movers' new, second CD, is a great big boy of a leap forward. Arrangements are more sophisticated, the production richer, the pop melodies more memorable, the lyrics more clever. A modest hip-hop beat and snippet of surf guitar juice the opening number, "Playing Catch." Local blues harmonica ace Rockin' Jake takes "Bye-Bye Diaper" to the roadhouse. A fat bass and clavinet keyboard funk up "Clean My Room." A horn section blows through the breezy "Please and Thank You." Raps and call-and-response vocals determine "What's in the Fridge?"
The big beat drum, electric guitars and distorted vocals that open "Calling All Movers" speak to the 30-something Movers' New Wave pedigree. With its Barenaked Ladies-style rap, guitar hook and pop vocals, "Look Around You," an ode to nature appreciation, could pass for a grown-up song. So, too, could the acoustic guitar-driven "Riding My Bike" (just think of the "bike" as a motorcycle) and the smartly arranged "Looking Out the Window." Elsewhere, the Movers instruct their young charges on dealing with being lost, the first day of school, baths and other scary situations.
With "Calling All Movers," the Imagination Movers conjure a warm, safe place populated by healthful snacks, minor life milestones and carefree fun and games. It's all that childhood should be -- but parents are also welcome.
-- Keith Spera, Music Writer, New Orleans Times Picayune
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1. Playing Catch
2. Please and Thank You
3. What's in the Fridge?
4. First Day of School
5. Calling All Movers
6. Clean My Room
8. Look Around You
9. Numbers in a Bag
10. Riding My Bike
11. Take a Picture
12. Recipe (Stir it Up)
13. I Just Took a Bath
15. Bye-Bye Diaper
16. Looking Out the Window
17. Super Hidden Mystery Track