The Weekend Australian - Review

19. Television

JOFF BUSH Demon Music Group

- Andrew P. Street

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There are precious few shows, for children or otherwise, that have the utter gall to release an album of their incidental music — but then, no other show is Bluey. It’s the ABC’s most watched program by a ridiculous­ly long chalk, has been picked up overseas and is unique in the pantheon of children’s TV in being genuinely deserving of every single accolade thrown at it. And that extends to the music too, which is why this recently became the first children’s album in history to debut at No 1 on the ARIA chart. If you’re wondering how a disc of music from a kid’s cartoon could be worth listening to without the visuals, the answer is simple: composer/arranger Joff Bush is a genius. Aside from the insanely infectious theme — included in three versions, including an “Instrument Parade” of different arrangemen­ts — there’s the skank-worthy ska of Taxi, the lilting country folk of Who Likes To Dance?, and the contempora­ry electronic­a of Pool, which would probably have reached the mid-20s of this year’s Hottest 100 had it just featured a whispery-voiced female vocalist over those burbling synth pads. The cast turn up for the odd episode-specific line here and there, because you really couldn’t have Here Come The Grannies! without Bluey bellowing the titular line in the intro, but it’s a genuine pleasure to hear the full versions of pieces that otherwise existed in 30 second grabs. And it’s worth noting that everything here is from the first half of the first season, so parents can be reassured that while there are emotional, evocative pieces from The Creek and Camping, the gorgeous soundtrack from the more recent Sleepytime is not, meaning that you won’t burst into uncontroll­able sobs every time your kid puts this on. Tracks like Fruit Bat and Keepy Uppy are so immediatel­y familiar that they’re akin to old tunes you’ve forgotten rather than songs written to accompany an animated puppy’s dream of flying or chasing a balloon around a yard. Good thing this music is so memorable and catchy, because you can guarantee Bluey

The Album will be blasting from every parent’s car if it isn’t already.

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