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I Stoled This Record (Razor & Tie, 1996)

Cledus T. Judd

Reviewed by Chuck Hamilton

Cledus T. Judd is the latest in a long line of entertainers, from Homer & Jethro to Weird Al Yankovich, parodying other songs. Judd pokes fun at "Top 40" country songs and the guy may have hit a gusher, since there's a lot worthy of satire. Judd takes aim at Shania Twain, John Michael Montgomery and Neal McCoy with varying results.

Judd is best when his songs have a bit of an edge, but unfortunately, more than a few are as insipid as the ones he's mocking. An example: "If Shania Was Mine" ("Any Man of Mine") offered Judd an opportunity to razz an entertainer who sells a lot of records, but whose artistic ability is still in doubt. Judd, however, took the easy way out, doing a song about a guy pining for Twain. The result? A song only slightly less annoying than the original. Judd can do better, as he did on two of the funniest cuts, "The Change" ("For a Change") and "You Have No Right to Remain Violent" ("You Have the Right to Remain Silent"). But even those lose their laugh power after a few listens.

Judd needs to take more chances, risk offending people (ever heard of Kinky Friedman, Cledus?) before his work becomes consistently funny.

CDs by Cledus T. Judd

Polyrically Uncorrect, 2009

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