The newest album from Play Date, “We All Shine,” lives up to its name with original songs like a five-minute long hip-hop tune with lyrics about getting into a Zen state of mind before bed (“Ninja Pajamas”) and a head-banging ode to the transformative power of a “Cardboard Box.”
Kids ages 2–8 will enjoy the humor of Play Date’s four 60-second public service announcements that pop up between songs and boisterously celebrate the many nutritional benefits of bananas, broccoli, carrots, and apples.
“We All Shine” is full of reminders to be affectionate (the lullaby-esque “Hug Hug Hug”); it eschews between-meal snacking to avert disaster (in the rollicking “Ruin Your Appetite”); and it encourages us to be nice to each other and our planet in the uplifting title song. Like all good play dates, while listening we laughed, jumped around, and generally, felt better about the world.
“We All Shine” CD by Play Date, $10, funfu