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VeggieTales: LarryBoy – The Soundtrack

**½

I guess I expected to be more impressed with this offering, but I was not. I purchased the LarryBoy soundtrack basically because my kids really like the Temptation Song that the Bad Apple sings. However, I could have done without a lot of the “extras”.

There are 16 tracks on this CD spanning the entire LarryBoy saga except for the time when he appeared on Dave and the Giant Pickle

The first four are from The Fib from Outer Space. It start out with the original LarryBoy music video theme song and then concentrates the next two songs on Junior’s song about the broken Bowling Plate. There is some extra background music punctuated with lines from the shows to let you know where the music is from. This is by far the coolest feature of these purely musical numbers. The last of the four I could do without. This is the first song remix which is not appealing to me at all.

The next five are from The Rumor Weed. This is mostly songs and soundtracks from the movie with the great feature mentioned above. The Rumor Weed song is a great tune and helps to explain just exactly what a rumor is.

The last seven are from the current adventur The Bad Apple. It starts out with a workout remix– again, I’d preferred to not even know such a thing existed. It has the music from the opening of the episode which is terrific. I can visualize the whole thing and it’s beautifully uplifting stuff. The next few are taken right from the show with the highlight being the catchy temptation song. It’s when I get to “Rock On LarryBoy” that I wish the CD had ended already. I’m not particularly fond of this rock emphasis. The last song is from the filmstrip Alfred watches.

In all, I could have done without the remixes and rock songs, and sticked to the classic veggie music. Had I figured that it would have been like this, I probably would have searched for just the songs I was interested elsewhere instead of paying for the whole CD.

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VeggieTales: Worship Songs

Rating:
****

VeggieTales Worship Songs is a collection of songs with a worship/CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) type feel. That being said, there are only a couple of songs that would lean toward the Christian Rock Sound.

The story line revolves around Bob and Larry taking over rehearsing Junior’s choir while the original conductor is out at a convention in Moose Lake. The big gag at the beginning is that Larry is having a hard time getting out of his seat belt because he doesn’t have hands.

Here’s some of the songs and my take:

Come Now is the Time
A very repetative song– but easy to tap your foot to.

God of Wonders
CCM song that starts with a statement that “God rules”– something much more in line with teen type conversation.

Better is One Day
Probably the one song that you’ll walk away humming. This song is performed by Matt Redman and the kids, and is taken right from the Psalms.

Thy Word
Weird choice of instrumentation here– they used a clavichord to set the song, but the song talks about God’s Word lighting our path. Junior is the key vocalist on this song.

Blessed Be Your Name
Matt Redman again is featured in this song.

Forever
Bob spells out a good definition of forever, and they sing this almost tropical sounding song.

You Put This Love in My Heart
Keith Green song that is the closest the CD gets to Christian Rock/Pop sound. Performed by Boyz in the Sink (Larry, Junior, Jimmy, and Mr. Lunt). It also flirts with being a boyfriend/girlfriend song. “You put this love in my heart”– who did?

I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
This song says the title a lot.

In The Secret
CCM song that talks about wanting to know God more– definitely a worthwhile goal.

I Am A Promise
Junior Asparagus sings about the ability we have to be promises in this arrangement of a Gaither classic. I prefer the arrangement on More Bob and Larry’s Sunday Morning Songs to this setting.

Seek Ye First
A classic worship chorus.

You Are Holy
A pick-me-up song with a beat that focuses on God’s names to give Him glory.

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