With a psychedelic cover and a review from children’s author Lemony Snicket, Tales From The Monstrosity Scrolls seemed like a very interesting album. It was definitely different from what I was expecting, and it became a children’s concept album. Rainbow Beast & The Rock Band Land Rockers are a group of artists who teach musical instruments to elementary school kids during camps and school assemblies. This record was meant to promote their cause, and showcase the power of music.

The release combines the mysterious and playful subject matters of the Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket and Tim Burton, all in one exciting album. All the songs have a punk rock feel to them with the intention to free kids from bubblegum pop. It opens with “Happy Clouds (With Polly Want A Whacker),” which is a delightfully strange song bursting with energy. The 18-track album continues, barely changing the energy level, to “Cracking Up At The Goat Joint (With Beard Smelling Contest),” a more melancholy song with a lot of piano. “Rooster Skull” ends the album on an unintentionally creepy note, with high voices, repetitive verses, and children singing.

Tales From The Monstrosity Scrolls is not for those who prefer their music to make sense. However, it is the perfect record to promote their camp, as children would love the fantastical elements of the release. It combines the greatness of rock music (minus the mature themes), and adds a youthfulness to the songs that all kids would enjoy growing up hearing.

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