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Family Tree

by Frances England

In a follow up to her award-winning debut album, Frances England’s new cd, Family Tree, blends folk, indie and old time sounds to explore themes of family life, animals, friendship, and empowerment. This is music for the whole family. Truly.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. Family Tree
3:30 $0.99
2. Animal Inside You
3:48 $0.99
3. Best Friends
2:42 $0.99
4. I Scream, You Scream
2:00 $0.99
5. Tea Party
2:33 $0.99
6. Firefly
2:03 $0.99
7. Fast Train to Grandma\'s
3:10 $0.99
8. Giddy Up
2:00 $0.99
9. Spring Has Sprung
3:16 $0.99
10. Don\'t Fly Away
3:14 $0.99
11. Up a Tree
1:57 $0.99
12. Sleepyhead Mommy
2:00 $0.99
13. Free to Be Me
2:07 $0.99
14. Animal Friends
3:46 $0.99
15. Tugboat
3:19 $0.99
16. You & Me
2:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
‘Family Tree,’ according to music critic Bill Childs, “is going to be a top-of-the-list record … The music is probably best described as indie folk, with the focus on Frances\' gentle, playful, and expressive voice. The lyrics somehow strike a remarkable balance between simplicity and sophistication…. I don’t think I’ll hear a better record this year.”

Here\'s what the critics have said about Frances England\'s music:

Sole Winner 2007 Oppenheim Platinum Music Award: 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…A keeper!

Fids and Kamily Music Award Frances England\'s debut album was voted among the best kids and family albums of the year in the 2006 Fids & Kamily Poll (placing right after Grammy-winner Dan Zanes). The poll, modeled on the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop Poll, is a compilation of year-end kids and family music \"best of\" lists from critics, writers, radio programmers, and others involved in the music industry.

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 Nora Jones, yet manages to create a sound that is distinctly her own.

School Library Journal: 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. A must for every collection.

Los Angeles Times: Children\'s music is a burgeoning field, but stand-out artists like Dan Zanes or Jessica Harper don\'t come along every day. This gorgeous, alt-rock/roots music first album puts singer/songwriter/guitarist Frances England squarely in that top tier. England\'s delicately layered vocals -- Lisa Loeb and Aimee Mann come to mind -- are a perfect match for her captivating spin on a child\'s world.

Cool Tunes For Kids: These songs.. are a perfect example of what Leonard Bernstein once described as the definition of great art - \"fresh, but inevitable\" ....they have that same kind of simple yet elegant brilliance and they become timeless the first time you hear them.



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Jenna Schott

Family Tree
I have three children, ranging in age from pre-teen to pre-school. There are very few albums --ok, a total of 4 -- on which they all agree. Two of them are Frances England's. I love it when my daughter sits down to play "tea party in spring", a game inspired by 2 of the songs on Family Tree, and we can all sing along. This is not your standard-issue kid music -- it is beautiful and funny and thoughtful and all with plenty of rhythm.

Krista Lucchesi

Love this album!!! Every Sleepyhead mommy should check it out. Though I must warn you that "I Scream" cones may be requested much more frequently (and loudly) in your home - like they are in mine.


Fantastic Album!
I just love both of her CD's and so does my daughter!

Courtney Gardner Hoffman

How sweet!
Francis, I remember you from college and saw the write up in the Jonesboro Sun a couple of days ago. I checked out this website and listened to the samples. I love your music! I can't wait to order your music. As the mommy of a little girl who begins kindergarten, I was in tears as I listened to the line in "You and Me" about wondering how your baby was just lying in your arms and now is growing off the charts. I hope you make an appearance here in NEA sometime. Congratulations -- It's great to hear of your success!

Kristen Davidson

Very good!
My four year old and I first heard "Don't Fly Away" on a kids' radio station...she loved it; what surprised me was that I loved it! It was simple and real. A lot of the songs on this album are like that...just beautifully real. You can SEE your child doing what she's singing about. I would recommend to anyone.

Georgia Hodges

this music is so good! you listen to this and you feel happy, you feel love for your family, your animals, your friends; your kids sing along. "Animal Friends" really hits the eco/art mark. The more you listen the more you hear.

John Zwolinski

Francis England Does it Again!!!!
“Fascinating Creatures,” Francis England’s mesmerizing 2006 debut CD, is one tough act to follow. But having played her recently released follow-up, “Family Tree” in an endless giddy loop this past week, my boys and I agree that Ms. England has done it again. England revisits some of delightful themes of her first CD, such as family, creatures and tasty food. The title track captures a sibling-to-be’s awe and excitement at the prospect of adding another “branch” to the “Family Tree.” It’s catchy and sweet and listening to it with the kids provides the added bonus of hearing them sing “cute little bay—byyy” Francis-style. “Tea Party’s” lilting refrain and accompanying fiddle evokes a backyard picnic under the trees, and “Ice Cream’s” lyrics and guitar riffs reinvent the old “we all scream” nursery rhyme. As in “Fascinating Creatures,” the songs’ perspective shifts back and forth throughout the CD from the happy, playing child’s (as in “Animal Inside You”) to the loving, watching adult’s (“You & Me”). And that’s perhaps the most wonderful thing about Ms. England’s art: Her engaging music and gentle lyrics at once capture the wonder of being a child and the bitter-sweet, lump-in-one’s-throat joy of watching a child grow.

Jennifer Spillane

I would give this CD 10,000,000 stars if I could! My baby loves all the songs and her father and I do too! Frances..please keep making music. You are so talented!!

Bonnie Berry

Frances Strikes Again!
If you have children and do not own any of Frances' music run, don't walk, to get it. If you don't have kids, run out and buy it for your friends with kids and then keep it for yourself. I listen to it by myself every day. I'll admit it.

Matt Brauer

Not Children's Music
I can't stand children's music as a genre. There is a universe of fantastic music that we could be playing for our children, and yet, somehow, someone decided that what our kids really need is dumbed down lyrics, simplistic melodies and manic silliness.

However, Frances England does NOT write, sing or play this kind of music. Her songs are subtle and layered (though most definitely not in that Disney "wink-to-the-parents" way). She is clearly singing her songs to A CHILD, rather than to generic children. And she respects the intelligence and personhood of the child to which she sings.

Her songs (both on this and her previous album) DO deal with the world as seen by this bright, involved and observant child to which she sings. It's a complex world of love and mystery, though, rather than the flat cartoon world of most everything else that has been produced for consumption by young children.

Frances England specializes in observing people, and her songs convey the fascination she has for these creatures whose lives we as parents are privileged to share. This makes listening to the kids playing her songs over and over (and over) not just tolerable, but a continual joy.
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