As we put a bow on yet another brilliant year for independent kid’s (“kindie”) music, we offer you the thirteen best albums of 2013. Our picks range from bombastic to hilarious to old-fashion to orchestral to bizarre, and just about everything in between. The lucky 13 CDs below are best suited for children ages 3-10, with some skewing a bit younger and others even reaching out to tweens and teens — in short: full family listening. Click through to take a peek.
Frances England Blink Of An Eye
The children they grow up and the parents, they reflect. That sums up most of Frances England's 4th and most excellent family album but not all of it, for there's the homemade percussion-pop party dance tune "Moves Like A Saturday Night" that might just point the way forward for a genre that too often (and too foolishly) gives up on reaching kids 8, 9, and 10 years old.
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— Jeff Bogle
*For the purposes of this list, only albums released between 11/1/2012 and 10/31/2013 were considered.