Giants Of Science
In their 2014 album, “Appetite for Construction,” The Pop Ups, aka Brooklyn-based Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, celebrated imagination and hands-on creativity; they bring the same hip, high-octane energy and thought to their new family album of smart, science-themed songs that put wonder, curiosity, and the excitement of discovery front and center. Dynamic, varied electronic pop arrangements and impressively layered vocals invite listeners to think about how light creates shadows, how perspective makes “Time” seem to fly or drag, what a real “Space Adventure” on Mars would be like, and what a mindboggling sight you see when “Holding Up a Mirror to a Mirror.” “Inventors” pays tribute to windshield wiper inventor Mary Anderson and biochemist Jennifer Doudna’s role in creating a ground-breaking gene-editing tool, while letting listeners know that all inventions start with an idea, and that they can be inventors, too. The tempo slows in “The Science of Sleep,” weaving sleep facts into the sweetly melodic, memorable last track.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.