‘Tuned In’ review: Milkshake stirs it up — a little too much

'Got a Minute?' by Milkshake

"Got a Minute?" by Milkshake

Beware: Milkshake is only asking for a minute with “Got a Minute?” but they’re really trying to take almost an hour.

The Baltimore-based children’s-music band literally blazes through 34 songs in roughly 57 minutes, flitting through genres with all the focus of fickle kid. The stylistic roulette plays well to short attention spans, and “Got a Minute?” is especially suitable for elementary-school-age children.

Members of Milkshake dropped out of “adult” bands when they started having children about a decade ago, and that background shows up with some sophisticated sounds - for kids’ music, anyway. In a breathtaking flurry, Milkshake zips from ‘90s chick rock to hip-hop to country to a pub-like sing-along to gospel blues to funk rock ... all in a 10-minute span, and all well executed.

The group doesn’t look back as it plows on through adult-contemporary, a campfire song, ragtime, classic pop. And just when you’re wondering where the electro-dance number is, up pops “Sally Had a Green Thumb.”

Meanwhile, the messages are largely laudable, ranging from light fare like tributes to pets and dancing to heavier fare in-cluding the anti-bullying message of “Let ‘Em Know” and the environmental boosterism of “This Is Our Earth.”

Lisa Matthews is the primary lead vocalist, and her comfort zone seems to be middle-of-the-road pop/rock. Still, she and her band segue easily from genre to genre. So even when they come up short with a song that’s too corny or too flat, they’ll be on to something else in a minute or so.

On the flipside, when Milkshake strikes gold, the group doesn’t hang around long enough to explore their riches ... which can be frustrating.

Ideally, the band would have edited this overabundant collection down to the 12 best songs and fleshed those out.

As it is, they’ve got about 30-35 worthwhile minutes lurking on “Got a Minute?”

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of five)

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