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Fascinating Creatures

by Frances England

A unique blend of folk and indie influences merge to create an album that will charm both parents and children. If you like Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell, check this one out.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sometimes
2:24 $0.99
2. Tricycle
1:36 $0.99
3. Paint a Picture
1:59 $0.99
4. Fascinating Creatures
2:58 $0.99
5. Daddy-o
2:03 $0.99
6. Busy As a Bee
2:32 $0.99
7. Charlie Parker
2:00 $0.99
8. Digging in the Dirt
1:58 $0.99
9. Where Do They Go?
1:58 $0.99
10. The Books I Like to Read
2:12 $0.99
11. Blue Canoe
1:47 $0.99
12. Blueberry Pancakes
2:04 $0.99
13. Little Bright Star
2:16 $0.99
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Album Notes

2007 OPPENHEIM AWARD, Platinum Winner
FROM Oppenheim Foundation:

Once in a while a new and distinctive voice arrives with songs that are bright and clever and totally on the mark for young listeners. This is one of those! England’s indie-rock style will pass the car test and you may even find yourself tapping your foot and singing along. A keeper!

FROM Cookie magazine:

If some genius concert promoter ever puts together a Lilith Fair for 5 year olds, Frances England should be the headline act. The singer-songwriter brings a little bit of Sarah McLachlan and a little bit of Norah Jones, yet manages to create a sound that is distinctly her own…And while the songs may be about tricycles and picture books, England’s airy voice and sophisticated songwriting have definite adult appeal.

FROM Zooglobble (recently featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition as the Authority on hip, new kid’s music):

Frances England, has recorded one of the most adventurous children's music albums in some time, quite unlike anything out there at the moment.

(Fascinating Creatures) is the start of something big, like a little secret known to only a few. But I don't think this CD or Ms. England will stay secret for long.

FROM School Library Journal

This beautiful collection of 13 original songs by talented singer/songwriter Frances England deserves a place in every collection. Calling to mind such performers as Sarah McLachlan, Ani DeFranco, and Neko Case, England is the indie/alt rocker for the preschool set. While the songs’ lyrics address subjects that toddlers can relate to, they also draw on experiences and moments that every mother will recognize.

FROM Kid’s Music That Rocks:

Frances England has created a powerfully simple, simply powerful collection of songs for her debut album, Fascinating Creatures. If Daniel Lanois produced Sam Phillips, the result might sound a little like Fascinating Creatures, but to be honest this CD is so wonderfully unique, it’s hard to properly describe.

If you’re alone, listen to the album on your headphones while you lie on your back in the middle of a grassy field. If you’re hanging out with your kid, play this record while you color together or plant seedlings in an old egg carton. This is a truly indie-rock kids’ album, and a fantastic one at that.

FROM The Lovely Mrs. Davis Tells You What to Think :

Every once in a while, I come upon a new children's music artist that really gets me excited. I want to get copies the CD of it for all my mom friends, tell everyone I know how amazing it is, and play it in the car with the windows down so everyone can hear what great music I play for my kids. Frances England is one of these arists who makes me want to stop other parents on the street and say, "You've got to hear this!"

A mom herself, England has put together a collection of songs that are lyrically and musically appropriate for kids, but with enough of an edge that they could pass for grown-up music, along the lines of Liz Phair or Cat Power. Get your own copy of Fascinating Creatures soon, so that in a year or two, when Frances England is a Big Deal in the world of children's music (as I believe she will be), you can say, "Oh, yeah, we've been listening to Frances forever."


Rich, simple, and full of thoughtful lyrics, Fascinating Creatures is a gem that will charm both parents and children. Frances England lives in San Francisco with her husband, John, their 3 year-old son Liam, and new baby boy, Rowan. Aside from music, Frances also works at her son’s cooperative preschool and is getting her master’s degree in library science. Billy Riggs performs on the Fascinating Creatures and helped produce it -- check out Billy's music and cd at www.billyriggsband.com



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Excellent! What a beautiful voice and clever words. I will be giving this as a gift to all my friends! I am so glad that my friend sent me this as a gift, so I will keep doing the same.


She loves it!
My 17 month old started dancing the first time she heard it. The words are cute and the music is fun!

Georgia Hodges

Even my husband choked up a bit with "daddy=o"
This is a great album. Kids love it, the words stick in their heads, the music sticks in their parents' heads. The title track strikes the deepest cord for me. "Fascinating Creatures" makes us feel a reverence for the power of nature, kids, that we're all connected. It's a beautiful song.


Just Wonderful!
We had this shipped over to the UK, as the snatches off cdbaby were so catchy. And the whole family just love it, from the 6 year old girl, to the 10 month old boy.....and their parents! Congratulations Frances England on some wonderful music.

Jackie Miller

A wonderful contribution to children's music
You can't help but want to share the soulful melodies of Fascinating Creatures with all your friends and family. I don't know who enjoys listening to it more, my son or me. The music sets itself apart from other "populist" styles through its beautiful tones and wonderful rhythms. This may be "the children's album" of our generation.

Meg Hart

gorgeous voice, sweet, creative smart music to please any age
Your first thought when you hear this, is wow, this woman has a beautiful voice, and that just makes you want to hit play right away(which I did!)when it ends. Then you listen to these words which are somehow so sweet and heartfelt without ever being trite. My kids love it because the lyrics are so clever and the melodies are rich yet spare - the kind of simplicity which resonates with all of us but somehow comes so easily to the young.


so great!
I heard this CD when my brother-in-law played it for his daughter. I loved it. I don't even have children yet and I bought it and I listen to it often. The service is awesome...got my CD in 2 days.

Cathy Reese

Brilliant and Inspirational!
This CD is brilliant and even inspirational. I say brilliant because lyrically it appeals to my daughter and myself while avoiding the cloying sentimentality and infernal cheeriness of most “kids’ music.” Actually, I got the CD for my birthday from my husband, at my request. Hey, I don’t even buy children’s music but, unfortunately sometimes, my mother does! :) So I have been really glad to have this new music.
On the inspirational front, here are some of the things we have been inspired to do since we started listening to this CD: we researched and made blueberry pancakes, my daughter introduced a new dance by an alter-ego she calls “The Bambi Dancer” (?) performed to “Digging in the Dirt,” and we sought out a copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon, the only book whose title we’ve caught that we did not have from “The Books I Like to Read.”
How many CDs can you say inspire you? Check it out, then recommend it to your friends.


Love it!
i only wish this CD had more tracks. the songs are great, singable, danceable and the whole family loves it. WRITE MORE SONGS!!!

Olivia Sage

It feels like my friend is playing and singing with me...
real songs about real people places and things in life who matter to us all... finally a fun jam session at home or in the car....SING! DANCE! PLAY!
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