‘Sing Me to Sleep’ will bring out inner-child

By Alison Smyth

Sing Me to Sleep might be the only album you buy this year that contributes to… Sing Me to Sleep might be the only album you buy this year that contributes to children’s health. You get a collection of sleepy covers and folk songs, and 100 percent of proceeds go to The Valerie Fund, a charity that provides care for children with cancer and blood disorders.

The title track, “Asleep” by Stars, is one of the clear-cut lullaby tunes, at least in spirit.

Covers range from “Rainbow Connection” to “Dear Prudence” to “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” and the modern takes on folk songs like “Edelweiss.”

“Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” by The Rest manages the same whimsically ominous mood with sound that the film evoked visually.

The unconventional lullaby by Say Hi, in an interesting cover of Violent Femmes’ “Kiss Off,” turns the playful post-punk into something chillingly sweet.

The album falls between the traditional and modern ideas of what a lullaby can be. Maybe all the songs aren’t kid-friendly, but they’ll please your inner child, or at least quiet your mind enough to get a little indie-inspired rest.

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