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He may be an unapologetically blue-collar kind of guy, but Bob the Builder sounds awfully big for his work britches on his album debut. Since when does this crew carry on in British accents? Such a royal renovation, when it's this unexpected, can be irreparably jarring. Regardless, if your preschooler isn't completely put out about the right proper revamping of his TV hero, chances are you'll both finds lots of reasons to linger 'round the repair yard here, not least of which is the ramped-up energy supply. "Mambo No. 5" is whipped into a worker-bee's anthem ("A little bit of toiling on the roof / A little bit of making waterproof"), '60s chestnut "Dizzy" spins spirited circles around the original, and "Right Tool for the Job" will find wannabe builders teaching bust-a-move techniques to Mom and Dad. Other tunes, like "What Can I Be (Spud's Song)" and "Blonde Haired Gal in a Hardhat (Wendy's Song)" tone down the tempo to flick an exploratory flashlight on feelings. Still, a sticky bubblegum-pop and dance sensibility cements these 12 tracks for carefree kiddy consumption ("Bob's Line Dance" swipes the boy-band sound, "Crocodile Rock" electronifiesSir Elton), and everybody but our-side-of-the-pond Bob purists will dig in. Can a bunch of blokes produce a Bob the Builder record American kids will cozy up to? By cracky, yes, they can!--Tammy La Gorce
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ArtistBob the Builder
Release Date:  October 5, 2001
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review by . April 24, 2003
posted in Music Matters
This album doesn't contain much original music; most of the songs are familiar tunes reworded and remixed a little so that they fit in the world of Bob the Builder and are okay for children to listen to. However, the songs work exceedingly well! There are a few original tunes here, including the two songs that Spud sings. I also enjoyed listening to the re-mix of the Bob the Builder theme "Can We Fix It?" and the cast singing with Elton John on "Crocodile Rock" is a hoot. Some of my favorite songs …
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