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Cledus T. Judd

Juddmental – 1999 (Razor & Tie)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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No one will deny it takes talent to write a parody, stuck with a song's music and phrasing and somehow making new words fit. The greater challenge is to make them funny.

Part of the problem with Cledus T. Judd's latest is the presentation. Comedy is often sung in an effected manner, just as Ben Colder and, for older fans, SimonCrum sing. You hear the voice and you think, "Comedy." Unfortunately, you hear Judd's voice and you think, "Bad!" Daryle Singletary guests on one cut, and his voice is like aloe applied to a burn after you hear Judd's part.

Add to that, the songs are not really funny. Cute, yes, but not funny. "Shania, I'm Broke" ("Honey, I'm Home") and "Christ-mas" ("This Kiss") are cute cuts, but he shines a little brighter on originals. "Hillbilly Honeymoon" talks about a wedding where "...the wedding cake was Moonpie stacked three tiers and the punch bowl flowed with Falstaff beer."

But an entire CD of these things is hard to enjoy and when you add in Judd's singing, the CD becomes virtually intolerable. If you play this more than once you'd best have one of those punch bowls he sings about.