Various – Rescue Me! A Cause for Paws

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I really love this album. It’s such a fun set of songs. Well, with two reservations. The song “The Best Dog” is too sad to be fun. It’s a great song, it’s just not one I want to listen to as often as the rest of the music. “My Best Friend” is also sad, but not to the same degree.

The first song is “Barn Cat” by Mary Ann Kennedy. She has a strong voice. The song has a lot of energy and some catchy sections. It is more of a country styled number. Next Kathy Chiavola does “Possum and Pearl.” While Kathy Chiavola’s vocals work pretty well, they aren’t as strong as Mary Ann Kennedy’s. This is a bouncy and energetic number, though. It’s fun.

With no instruments, “Our Cats” by Cindy Mangsen is acapella with finger popping. The lyrics are particularly funny for anyone who has had cats. The harmonies are good. “Get a Dog” by Annie Lalley comes next. This song induces a bit of laughter. The voice is strong. It’s a fun piece of music that’s pretty catchy and energetic. Annie Lalley suggests that her ex would be better off with a dog.

Heidi Muller’s “My Old Cat” follows. Again, this song will be of interest to anyone who has ever loved a cat. It’s a cute song. It’s rather homey when it comes to the music. “My Best Friend” (Mark Weems) is a pretty, but sad song. The voice conveys a beauty that’s gentle and loving, but also fatalistic. This is a song sure to make you think of any dog you’ve ever loved.

Another song about a cat, Ashley Jo Farmer’s “Kitty, Kitty” has a fun sound to it. It’s a good change and one of my favorites. “Why, Why, Why” by Friction Farm brings some chuckles. I love the vocal harmonies. It’s a pretty and slow song that’s another of my favorites here.

They seem to like to make me laugh. “Cattitude” by Effron White is another funny song. I wonder if this is Lalley’s ex? Bouncy and fun, this is a good tune. “I Miss the Dog” by Jamie Anderson is next, and I’m laughing on this song, too. It starts with a bit of “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” Old time country music with a lot of twang is the style of this. I think that if it wasn’t for the humor, I probably wouldn’t like it that much. It is so funny, though, that it doesn’t matter.

Amy White’s “The Best Dog” is such a pretty song. It’s sad, but happy, too. It makes me cry. It’s too sad to revisit too often, though. After the last song, I needed a laugh. “The Kitty Ditty” by Joel Mabus does the job for sure. It’s a funny piece of music. It’s not my kind of music, really, but it’s so fun that it makes up for it. It is an earworm, though, sure to get stuck in your head.

All in all, I really like this disc. It doesn’t hurt at all that it’s been released to raise money for animal shelters.

Diane Hill