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One of the most familiar voices in children's music returns with a soothing set of sleepytime tunes, aptly subtitled "Songs for a pause, a cuddle, or a nap." On this downtime-themed disc, Raffi blends familiar tunes with a handful of original compositions, making for a comfortable, cozy listen. The affable singer keeps the arrangements simple, with only strummed guitars and plinking organ behind his voice on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." The instrumental "Nursery Time Medley" is a winsome duet between harp and flute, and on "Rock-a-Bye Baby," Raffi's wordless "ahhhs" are comfortably blanketed between swooning strings and acoustic guitar. His own songs carry sweetly positive messages, so that "Like Me and You" finds the connection between children all over the world. He branches out stylistically as well, as on the bluesy shuffle "Slow Day," a playful homage to unscheduled time off that Louis Armstrong would surely have approved of, and the jazz-leaning "Sunflower," which features a more complex piano lead. Raffi's finale, "Blessed Be," plays like a hymn to all small children, a warmly felt and rendered love song to your little one, just before he or she drifts off to sleep.