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Classic Album Review: Steve Burns | Songs For Dustmites

Some Flaming Lips help the former kids' show host make music for grownups.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If you know who Steve Burns is, you probably a) are a kid; b) have kids; or c) spend an alarming amount of time watching kids’ TV.

Either way, you might logically assume that this first solo album from the former host of the wildly popular show Blue’s Clues contained music for crumbsnatchers. And you would be wrong. Songs For Dustmites is music for big kids and by big kids — including members of Flaming Lips, who show up here to create lush orch-pop landscapes and edgy experimental backdrops for singer-guitarist Burns’ charming, understated little ditties about science, love and everyday heroics. Admittedly, Steve has a ways to go before he can really hold his own against collaborators like these — but hey, it’s not bad for a guy who used to play second fiddle to a blue, puzzle-solving dog.