John Lithgow (Sony Wonder)
Backed alternately by a sparse rhythm section and a 30-piece big band, TV’s 3rd Rock from the Sun star sings for the small fry on this often charming CD. The best tracks are familiar children’s tunes: “At the Codfish Ball,” “Swingin’ on a Star” and “The Inchworm.” The original songs are more mixed in appeal. “Everybody Eats When They Come to My House” has what even the youngest child will find the dumbest, most forced rhymes this side of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”: “Try the salami, Tommy…try a tomato, Plato…taste the baloney, Tony.” Mostly the tunes are glib, silly and child-friendly, and Lithgow, to his credit, sings with kids, not at them.
Bottom Line: More fun than a rubber duck