If you were into the Cardigans in the '90s and have a soft spot for Italo-leaning dance-pop, chances are good that you'll appreciate Sally Shapiro. The exaggerated, childlike innocence in her treated vocal (like Freezepop, Annie, etc.) is fused through spacey disco beats, and while it comes off as pretty campy, it's undeniably pleasant.
Instrumental hip-hop's other 5--the Jurassic one--makes a helpful reference point for this supergroup. Not only is Chali 2na in on both, but also Dino's bouncy beats and wisecracking rhymes are squarely J5. They're also ideal for the project's goal: rap that's suitable for children but credible for adults.
Though she resides in New York, Laura Cantrell has genuine Nashville roots and a classic country heritage, which comes across clearly through her warm, rootsy recordings. On her travel-themed '08 covers collection "Trains and Boats and Planes," she blends her penchant for purebred honky-tonk with new takes on pop, folk, and country forget-me-nots, including New Order's "Love Vigilantes."