It's Not Fair To Me - Bill Harley & Keith Munslow

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Artists: Bill Harley & Keith Munslow 

Album: It's Not Fair To Me 

Age Range: 5 through 10

Description:  Let's see, an album featuring Harley and Munslow -- probably a somber, abstract, mostly instrumental album, right?

Of course not.

The two musicians have helped with each other's albums in the past, but this is the first featuring both of them equally.  Most of the ten songs on the 34-minute album go for humor, if not broad (the title track, featuring some very funny banter between the two, "Copycat") then just in attitude ("My Eraser," an ode to, yes, an eraser).  Their observations about squabbling siblings resonate because they're true to life generally (not just families.  Harley and Munslow know their way through slightly older musical styles, exemplified best by "Give Me Back My Hat," a rollicking 12-bar blues and one of the album's highlights.  The duo's enjoyment of the other's company is never more obvious than in the album closer, "Hideous Sweater."  Give it to your kids' aunt or uncle -- they'll understand.  Recommended.