London Times CD of The Week
“It sort of creeps up on you. I was five songs into Laura Veirs’ new record before I realised it was an dalbum of children’s songs. …So despite the ostensible targeting of Tumble Bee it’s a sensible purchase for Veirs fans of any age.” -London Times
“Children like Laura Veirs.Â Nothing strange about that – they also like furry animals.Â So there is something unsurprising aboout her creation of an entire album dedicated to the ears of the tinies:Â 13 songs for the young, some written by Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Harry Belafonte, all arranged by longstanding collaborator Tucker Martine to draw on the most innocent timbres of the Americand folk tradition.Â It is, almost inevitably, charming.”Â – The Independent
“Most new parents are a bit lost when faced with the dilemma of weeding out the good childrenâ€™s music from the bad. For musician couples, like singer/songwriter Laura Viers and her producer/husband Tucker Martine, the solution is simple; make your own. On the appropriately titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children, Viers and Martine, along with special guests BÃ©la Fleck, Basia Bulat, Colin Meloy (Decemberists), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket), explore some of the genreâ€™s oldest tunes, including work songs (â€œJump Down Spin Aroundâ€), Civil War tunes (â€œSoldierâ€™s Joyâ€), and even a calypso (â€œJamaica Farewellâ€). Each cut is tastefully arranged and never cloying (kudos for allowing â€œAll the Pretty Little Horsesâ€ to retain its subtle darkness), and Viers’ simple, honest delivery helps to keep the mood fun, yet stable and sweet, without the inevitable sugar rush.” – All Music
“Slowly but surely, confidently and quietly, Laura Veirs has become a significant presence among American folk artists.
…Following in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Pete Seeger, Veirs and Martine have plumbed the American songbook for tunes that might help reignite in todayâ€™s children a passion for singing and song.” – Popmatters
“Tumble Bee is a lovely album through and through. Fans of Elizabeth Mitchell’s and Dan Zanes’ family albums should be especially drawn to it, though this trawls narrower, folkier waters.Â It’s a small gem, and while it’s not actually a Folkways album, it’s a kindred spirit to that tradition. Highly recommended.” – Zooglobble