#1 Kindie Album of 2011 – Galactic Champions of Joy
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Galactic Champions of Joy is your must-own album of the fall
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I’m filled with that level of poor-decision-making passion and sugar-rush excitement because this album is a flat out wonder.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: McHatton may be the one kindie artist that a hipster site like Pitchfork or Stereogum would take to, because there isn’t much on the surface that would identify his music as kid-oriented.
And musically speaking, the songs on “Galactic Champions of Joy” unabashedly wear their master’s Harry Nilsson/Beatles/impeccably crafted psychedelic pop influences on their sleeves…
Todd McHatton’s Galactic Champions of Joy is a wickedly addictive bouillabaisse of family-friendly kindie ‘tude and old-school pop geekery, rolled into fine layers and stacked into infinity. Dadnabbit
If parts of Galactic Champions of Joy feel a little bit like a daydream, that’s entirely appropriate. The imaginative life of a child can be every bit as important as the concrete day-to-day details, maybe more so, so an album that dives deep into those ideas should be valued. Most families will enjoy at least part of it, but some families will probably find this to be one of their most beloved albums. Recommended. Zooglobble
Todd McHatton’s Galactic Champions of Joy is certainly a challenging and dense listen, but is ultimately an entertaining and rewarding, musical experience. So, for all those kids’ albums that seem a little too simple and contrived, there exist CDs such as Galactic Champions of Joy, some of the best Kids’ Music of 2011, full of music that’ll make the entire family think as well as rock out. About.com
We described Todd’s last album as “one of those rare releases that you can play from start to finish.” Once again, he delivers. This album is hard for parents to tire of, full of college radio-style rock for the whole family. Added bonus: a song called “I Think I’m A Bunny.” Nugget Island
After you ponder that eye-grabbing album title, give Todd McHatton’s latest kids’ music release a listen or two or three. Galactic Champions of Joy is a musically dense, lyrically adventurous chunk of psychedelic pop that parents will love as much as, if not more than, their young rockers.
McHatton takes musical cues from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Weezer, Electric Light Orchestra, Paul McCartney, Stone Temple Pilots, and “I Am the Walrus”-era Beatles, among others, and creates his own unique brand of driving, swirling, and super catchy pop music full of imaginative characters. The Dallas Morning News
“This new Todd McHatton album is trippy fantastical brilliant and expansive…like lost b-sides to a “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” single…this sounds like the inside of a child’s fertile mind.”
Chris Ballew – The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants
Todd McHatton’s dense, psychedelic pop is unlike any kids’ music you’ve ever heard. The closest approximation might be a cross between Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles and Harry Nilsson…
About.com / Children’s Music
This is one of our favorite songs…. I Think I’m a Bunny. We crack up. You’ll get it stuck in your head.
Crystal & Co.
Sundays at the Rocket Park, is our pick of the week! Lightly psychedelic pop, sprinkled with well measured doses of glam rock and power pop, inspired by, and made for his family.
Pied Piper Radio
A wildly entertaining mix of pschedelic, family-friendly pop songs.