I went away for a few days recently, being a normal person (OK, one with a bit of a nail polish habit), rather than a mummy. It was great! I spent about 9 hours driving (total), and had my own choice of music the whole time! Trouble is, I didn't know what to do with myself, and ended up listening to a random Spanish holiday cd, and Radio 2.
No such luck the rest of the time. Squeaky loves her music. We have a couple of CDs made especially for her, titled "Really Very Annoying CD" and "Annoying vol 2", featuring such wonders as Agadoo, Chocolatte, Star Trekkin', Purple People Eater, and "1,2,3,4,5" (actually Mambo Number 5). You can imagine how much I love listening to these, especially on long journeys. That's the same sort of love I have for watching Deal or No Deal. (I have trained Squeaky to slap Noel Edmonds' face every time she sees it)
So when I was given the chance to review the NEW CBeebies cd with Squeaky's help, I was glad of the chance for a change of music. We bought the previous one a couple of years ago, only it's living in Daddy's car, so I don't get to listen to it. I've claimed the 2012 version as my own. The CD arrived just in time for us to take on a weekend trip away. As soon as the first track started, Squeaky was singing along. And looking slightly confused, as to why she could hear all her favourite tv shows, but not see any of them. Given not much time at all, she was soon asking for her favourites on repeat.
I did wonder why there needed to be a new CBeebies CD, when one came out a couple of years ago, but there's a pretty fast turnover of shows. I only noticed one song repeated from the previous cd - Timmy Time. Other than that it's new shows, different songs from within the shows, and happily some of the other CBeebies songs - including our favourites, The Winter Song, and Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon. There's even "Meet The Veggies" from Mr Bloom's Nursery and "I Am A Shape" from Mr Maker. I'm *this* close to putting them on my phone as ringtones. That would be normal, right?
There were a couple of "oddities". Songs from single episodes of shows, that I barely recognised, mostly from shows that don't really have a distinctive musical theme tune - Charlie & Lola and Grandpa In My Pocket. They slightly seemed like filler tracks, but given there's 50 tracks in all, a couple of less familiar songs is to be expected. Oh, and as a word of warning, there's a bit of Justin Fletcher. It's CBeebies, it's inevitable. I know some people may have issues with too much Justin, but 4 isn't really too much, is it? You can skip those tracks, if you must.
Is it worth getting? Yes! The schedules are so different to when the last CD was released, if you have a current CBeebies addict, it's well worth the cash to keep them entertained. The next thing I want to see, and I really, really do mean it, is a CD of Sid & Andy's number raps. Seriously. I'd buy that.
The 2012 CBeebies CD is available from Amazon for £7.99.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the CBeebies CD free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was not told what to say, and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for your convenience, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme, and will not receive any reward for their use.