Music Review: Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine

Image of an illustrated Robbert Bobbert as a bubble scientist standing in his bubbly science lab.

Robert Schneider is a dad and lead singer/songwriter of the indie-pop band Apples in Stereo. He’s been double-timing in the last few years, performing children’s music under the name Robbert Bobbert.

If you’re a TV-friendly parent you may have not-seen-but-heard his work on such shows as Powerpuff Girls and Shorty McShorts’ Shorts. He even penned a love ballad to Stephen Colbert. That’s a kid’s show, right? Okay, good.

Whether he’s Robert or Robbert, you’ll find him a fun amalgam of 1960s pop with a touch of psychedelic rock, synthesized with punchy lyrics. He is often compared to The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Electric Light Orchestra, although I’d slather on a thick layer of The Monkees to complete the comparison.

His debut CD, Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine, is the type of music you would expect to hear when the massive UFO appears at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind … if it was spewing early ’70s R&B. Or at least that’s what the frenetically-minded Robbert said in a recent ABC News interview.

The CD successfully walks a difficult line in indie rock, matching the need to appeal to kids and parents alike. The songs are catchy, and at an average 2 minutes each, your kids can have their favorites and you your own because of the steady pace.

Preview the entire CD after the jump.

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Here are four must-hear tracks:

#2 We R Super Heroes — A finely polished ditty sure to engender thoughts of your kid running around in a cape. (Your toddler has a cape, right? Oh, please, you must get or make one.)

#3 Hey Little Puppy — There you go. Beach Boys.

#4 Fee Fi Fo, Fee Fi Fum — Yes, I can count. I said four must-hear tracks, but I listed five. I regrettably include this one. I’m no fan of Alvin & the Chipmunks-like voices, but my daughter finds it funny and my wife says it’s clever.

#7 Boom Boom — Mark my words. It’s too catchy. It’ll be used in a car commercial any day now. Hey, that’s not an insult. That’s right, I own a copy of Pink Moon, although I never bought the Cabrio.

#10 I Love the Animals — It’s an anthem for toddlerhood, perfectly capturing the wonder and excitement of life — in love with everything and everyone. Pure joy.

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