Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Land of Sometimes - a Mysterious Magical Musical Journey

Title: The Land of Sometimes

Released 6th Feb 2012

Rated: 5/5 with merits

A Mysterious Magical Musical Journey

This is a mini book and audio/musical cd experience.  The cd and book tell the tale of Elise & Alfie, siblings who live on an island with their parents and 2 cats.  Elise & Alfie believe in wishes and this is their journey.  “Over the ocean, far away, there is a magical place called 'The Land Of Sometimes' where four seasons pass within one day, and everyone who lives there has a song…”

The cd is a mix of story combined with 15 songs which vary in style, tempo and character, from eccentric electric type songs, to disco, folk, jazz and reggae.  The mini book which houses the cd and acts as an additional aid aids visual prompts for each part of the story and every song.  The illustrations are superb – very eye catching and detailed – making each character from every song visible.

We’ve listened to this multiple times now, and use the book each time as well.  We all have our own favourite songs.  Mine is the first song Make a Wish which is very whimsical and relaxing.  Our 5 year old loves The Chameleon Catcher, not only for the music but also for the opportunity to try his hunting and counting skills on the corresponding page as he hunts for hidden chameleons whilst listening to the song.  We also had fun with The Electric Volcano song, where the volcano makes fruit erupt.  Our 5 year old said he’d much rather it was chocolate erupting!

The amount of variety on this cd is fantastic.  It covers a wide selection of types of music, instruments and song genres.  The mini book is beautifully detailed and makes visualising characters so much more fun – it is very high quality and detailed.  I hope that these become a series of cds, I’d love to see a classical one as well, and to have more cds with just as much on.  We really, really hope there are more of these to come.

I was thinking about how else I could share this cd.  I can think of no better way than for you to experience some of it yourself - If you visit their website given at the start, make sure you have your speakers on, you’ll hear a tiny portion of what the cd has to offer for adults and children alike from the homepage.  There are also areas where you can find out about the characters on the cd and read more about them, see the lyrics and hear further snippets from the cd whilst seeing the quality of animation for yourself. 
Follow them on Twitter: @landofsometimes

The Land of Sometimes can also be found

Source – one of these was received in return for an honest review. 

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