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***Coco by Colbie Caillat

More than once, you’ve probably heard that song on the radio; you know, that one that goes “And it starts in my toes/And I crinkle my nose…” Well, one day, we were driving in the car, and that song came up–that song I’d heard a billion times but never knew the title of. “Don’t you have that song on your iPod?” my mom asks. “No,” I replied, but I guess she supposed so because (1) we’ve heard it so many times and (2) it sort of seemed like the kind of song I’d listen to. Well, a few weeks later, I heard that song again on TV, and just had to look it up. What do you know? It’s this little song called “Bubbly” (that word being mentioned only once in the whole song), and, not long after, I bought the album. It was a debut album of a new artist from my own state of California, Colbie Caillat, and boy, was I greatly impressed! Unlike most debut albums, it was a solid start for the rising guitar-playing star. Just take a look at my comments on each song below:

*1. Oxygen (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): such a beautiful song from start to finish. Much like when you read a really good book with a fantastic start, this song makes you want to listen to the other tracks. The tune actually sounds as light as oxygen. Love it. Score: 10/10

*2. The Little Things (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): after listening to a breezy tune, leans more towards R&B. I myself am not a big fan of that genre, but this song was so rhythmic and neat to listen to. Score: 10/10

3. One Fine Wire (Colbie Caillat/Mikal Blue/Jason Reeves): after two such strong songs, this one seemed a little too weak to me. Perhaps if this wasn’t sandwiched between two hits, I would have preferred it. What I did like about it was that it did have a sort of “lilt” that it seemed like you really were trying to balance on one fine wire (if that didn’t make sense, go listen to it). Score: 8/10

*4. Bubbly (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): obviously, this is the hit that I was talking about in my introduction. “Bubbly” has such a light, flowy, catchy, and sometimes even a bouncy tune. I absolutely love this song, period. Score: 10/10

5. Feelings Show (Colbie Caillat/Mikal Blue/Jason Reeves): I wasn’t a huge fan of this song, perhaps because it, like “One Fine Wire”, was sandwiched between two really great songs. The tune was a bit too uneven to fit on this album; the verses are really slow, and then the chorus suddenly gets quite fast that it doesn’t really fit the song too well; however, Colbie’s vocals are still as solid as ever in this track as in any of the others. Score: 8/10

*6. Midnight Bottle (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): I loved this song! The beginning has a jazzy touch to it, and it did sound “night-ish” (that’s the best way I can explain it; just go listen to it!). Like “Bubbly”, it also has a light and flowy tune that’s enjoyable to listen to. Score: 9/10

*7. Realize (Colbie Caillat/Mikal Blue/Jason Reeves): The first time I listened to it was on the computer, and, well, maybe the computer sound wasn’t that great and I maybe I wasn’t really listening, but I didn’t care for it that much, especially right after listening to “Bubbly”. But when I listened to it on my CD player and iPod, I found how amazing this song is. It has a melancholy yet hopeful tune, and has such a pretty acoustic sound. The chorus is quite catchy as well. Score: 10/10

*8. Battle (Colbie Caillat/Mikal Blue): Sometimes background vocals are unnecessary and get too corny. Some might say the same for “Battle”. OK, before I explain, let’s back up a little. The introduction I loved. It reminded me of the soundtrack to the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Then the song shifts from classical to pop to classical and so one throughout the rest of the song. I enjoyed listening to this one, and, the background vocals (which are also Colbie, by the way) were still amazing. Even though they kept repeating until the end, they didn’t get overly annoying. Awesome, neat track. Score:

9. Tailor Made (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): At this track, the album’s sturdiness starts to slow. Yes, this track was peppy, but it didn’t sound very “Colbie-ish”. I like this song, but it’s just not my favorite from the CD. Score: 9/10

10. Magic (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): Not sure if anyone else experienced this when listening to Coco, but this sounded like a repeat of “Bubbly”–a sort of slower, lighter, less pop and more acoustic remix of the hit. I kind of hoped for something a little fresher (but of course, still having the Colbie sound to it), but was slightly disappointed by this track. Don’t get me wrong, “Magic” is still a great song, but it wasn’t my favorite. Score: 8/10

11. Tied Down (Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves): This was a pretty neat song; everytime I hear it, it reminds me of a lazy sunset on a Hawaiian beach (ok, maybe it’s because of the ukelele in the song). It was also a little uneven, with the slow verses and the a-tad-bit-too-peppy chorus. Not a Score-10 to get an asterisk, but still pretty good for a song that’s towards the end. Score: 9/10

12. Capri (Colbie Caillat): This is such a sweet song about a mother expecting her child, and a sweet way to end Coco. “Capri” wasn’t my favorite, but it was still a very beautiful song. In fact, it reminds me of something I read that was written by a friend–a friend who actually was the first to recommend me Colbie’s music (thanks, Faith! šŸ˜€ ) Score: 9/10

Red Flags: As Common Sense Media can tell you, some song lyrics depict some romantic scenes.


Songwriting: 10/10 (Fantastic songwriting, and it’s even cooler that ColbieĀ herself wrote or co-wrote most of them. What an amazing singer-songwriter!)

Vocals: 10/10 (Colbie has such a unique voice and such an equally unique style with her music!)

Lasting Value: 10/10 (It’s not easy to tire of this album. There was one point where I listened to Coco twice a day. Seriously.)

Overall: 10/10 (One of my favorites from my CD collection, definitely.)


Producers: Mikal Blue, Ken Caillat, Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves

Genre: Pop, folk-pop, acoustic, surf pop, blue-eyed soul, adult contemporary

Record Label: Universal Republic

Release Date: July 17, 2007

Length: 48:10

Also Recommended:

  • Eye to the Telescope by KT Tunstall
  • Feels Like Home by Norah Jones
  • Taylor Swift by Taylor Swift

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July 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm 6 comments


How I Watched the Movie: I first saw it at the movie theater when it came out with a classmate and her mother (it was so sweet of them to invite me along with them!). I loved it so much and my mom bought it for us on DVD (to keep) from Costco.

Imagine that you are a talented chef, with the sharpest nose ever to pick out only the best ingredients for your entrees. You dishes are exquisite, and you have a gift for cooking that can’t be found anywhere. But wait! There are just a couple “little” problems: (1) most of your family members are against your dream career, and (2) you are a rat.

This is the story of a little grey rat name Remy (Patton Oswalt), who lives in the French countryside outside of Paris. He can sniff out the best ingredients to create wonderful, savory dishes, but this is a secret he must guard from the rest of his family–except for his older brother, Emile (Peter Sohn)–because of their disapproval of human activities such as, well, cooking. In fact, Remy isn’t acknowledged for much, besides having the talent of sniffing out rat poison in the trash that his kinsmen eat. But it’s when he and his family are chased out of their home by the old lady whose home they live above that Remy gets the chance he’s been waiting for. Through a sewer, the rat reaches Paris, and, with the help of his conscience, which is in the form of his late culinary role model, Chef Auguste Gusteau (Brad Garrett), he reaches the said chef’s restaurant. It just so happens that on that same day, a young man named Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), whose mother was a friend of the late chef, comes to Gusteau’s for work. Since he has no culinary experience, Gusteau’s former sous-chef, Skinner (Ian Holm), hires him to be the garbage boy. As Remy watches the restaurant go about its business, he spots Linguini spilling some soup and trying to cover up his mistake by adding in random ingredients. Remy accidentally falls into the restaurant through the skylight, but before he escapes, he can’t resist but to fix the ruined soup. Linguini catches Remy in the act, and before Remy knows it, he’s created a delicious soup that a well-known food critic savors. Skinner decides to hire Linguini as a cook, but when the kitchen staff realizes a rat is in the kitchen, Linguini is put in charge of getting rid of Remy. Since Remy saved Linguini’s job, the former garbage boy keeps the rat and the two make a deal to work together and make it appear as if Linguini is cooking…although Remy is really the one doing the work. But when Linguini’s fame grows practically overnight, does that mean that his secret will be undercover forever? And will Remy get to make his culinary dreams come true in the end? Also stars Janeane Garofalo, Peter O’Toole, Brian Dennehy, Will Arnett, James Remar, John Ratzenberger, Teddy Newton, Brad Bird, and Thomas Keller.

One should never doubt the quality of a Pixar movie, especially if it’s one that was nominated five times at the Oscars. Ratatouille had every good thing a movie should have: comedy, action, a bit of romance, and a cast of fun characters. What more can you ask for? In addition, the screen writing was done wonderfully. Take a look at this quote Remy says in the movie to his father, Django:

Change is nature, Dad. The part that we can influence. And it starts when we decide.

First of all, the animation is breath-taking, as is the usual Pixar fashion. Although it is animated, you feel as if you are right there, or as if the characters are real–even the rats. Part of this is based on the animation itself, but another part of it is also the storyline. And what’s not to love about a cute little rat who can cook? I could go on forever and ever listing pros of this movie, but let’s put it this way: right beside (not next to) Finding Nemo, this movie is my favorite Pixar film.

Cons: There are cons? There are cons?! No, really, I simply can’t think of any. Set one forth to me, and I’ll probably shoot it down.

Red Flags: As stated by Common Sense Media, there’s some intense action (not in the least bit graphic, though), a bit of romance, some attempts to curse, and some wine-drinking since, after all, it is France.


Plot: 10/10

Acting: 10/10

Overall: 10/10


Original Release Date: June 28, 2007

Length: 111 mins

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Producer: Brad Lewis

Screenwriter: Brad Bird (story by Jane Pinkava, Jim Capoblanco, Brad Bird, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg)

Distribution Company: Walt Disney PIctures, Pixar Animation Studios

MPAA Rating: G

Also Recommended:

  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Spirited Away (2002)

Check It Out!

  • Official
    (apparently, there are some games on here as well, which sound cute if you want to check them out to burn a few minutes or if you have kids running around that you want sitting down calmly and quietly for a bit šŸ˜‰ )

  • Wikipedia
    (includes some fun trivia)

  • Yahoo!

  • IMDb profile
    (includes trivia and goofs)

  • Rotten Tomatoes

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