If Right Now Played Guitar
by Betsy Ellison
It has been said that you get what you pay for and thatís surely the case for the opening song on this CD, "Song For Free." Todd Lerner is offering this song for free download at www.songforfree.com, which is a nice gesture, but one would think that if an artist was going to offer a free download, a better song would be chosen. "Song for Free," which also is the first song on the album, is a song about a free song. A song about a free song is a bit too meta, and isnít very good. On the song, guest vocalist Nancy Koziatek says, "this songís like a commercial," and truer words have never been spoken. Yes, itís a free song, but itís not a good one.
The rest of the album doesnít go uphill. The music sounds like The Wiggles, or something else that is incredibly cool and trendy...with four year olds. Thereís no problem with that, as four year olds should listen to music too, but this album isnít being marketed to little kids. Itís being marketed as an adult album, and therein lies the problem. However, if the lyrics are good enough, the bad music becomes a minor annoyance instead of a massive deterrence. Problem is, the lyrics are even worse. Take these, from "I Stole a Little Kiss," which ends the album: "I got a little smile from you, I got a little smile from you, I got a tiny smile for a tiny little while, I got a little smile from you," going on to claim that he snuck a "warm little hug (you slippery little bug)" and stole a little kiss from you. Note to this and similar songwriters: with lyrics like that, I doubt youíll be able to steal a kiss from anyone else.