Between the Waves and the Cardoons

Performed by Pointed Man Band. CD. 30 min. Doo-Dah Records. 2017. $9.99.
K-Gr 5—Pointed Man Band is Portland, OR—based songwriter/performer Daniel Elliott. In this, his follow-up to Flight of the Blue Whale, Elliott showcases his clever wordplay and storytelling skills to give listeners his own spin on the wonders of our planet. Lush musical arrangements are evident in each of the 10 songs, elevating tunes such as "Pollination," which is about bees, to a whole new level through a trombone- and trumpet-filled conclusion. Elliott's vocals often have a tinge of Billy Joel, including on the opening number, "The Waves," and the closing song, "The Cardoons," on which he is joined by Jack Foreman (Recess Monkey) and Josh Shriber (Josh and the Jamtones). It may take a few times through before listeners catch all of the lyrics, but the multiple listenings will be worth it.
VERDICT A solid addition to any collection where music that the whole family will enjoy is in demand.

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