Cledus Envy

Cledus Envy

by Cledus T. Judd
     
 

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Either Cledus T. Judd is getting better at writing his musical parodies of country hits or country music itself is getting sillier and more deserving of satire, but this is the funniest of his six albums. The standout tracks are "Breath," a rewrite of Faith Hill's overly sensitive hit "Breathe" that changes the subject to halitosis ("I can…  See more details below

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Either Cledus T. Judd is getting better at writing his musical parodies of country hits or country music itself is getting sillier and more deserving of satire, but this is the funniest of his six albums. The standout tracks are "Breath," a rewrite of Faith Hill's overly sensitive hit "Breathe" that changes the subject to halitosis ("I can feel you breathe" becomes "I can smell your breath"), and "My Voice," a skewering of Billy Gilman's sanctimonious "One Voice" that shows what will happen when the pint-sized singer's voice inevitably starts to change. It isn't only Judd's comic lyrics that make these tracks work, but also the playing that makes fun of the original arrangements, such as the piano on "My Voice" that indulges in all kinds of foolish embellishments and the hip-hop effects on "Man of Constant Borrow" which add to the takeoff on the traditional "Man of Constant Sorrow" from O Brother, Where Are Thou?. Judd doesn't always rewrite other people's hits -- "Let's Burn One" is an original tune about music downloading, while "If George Strait Starts Dancin'" is another new song about over-production on country awards shows -- but the parodies provide the best moments. The album is so good it even survives a big downturn in quality on the last three tracks, "Just Another Day in Parodies" (the title of his last album), in which Judd laments the difficulty in getting people to let him write parodies of their songs; "Leave You Laughin'," a sentimental and serious statement of purpose; and the jingoistic "Don't Mess With America." These tracks are worthless, but the first nine are keepers, and that's a good percentage on a comedy album. [Initial copies are packaged with a bonus DVD containing a video of "Breath."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998589728
catalogNumber:
85897

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cledus T. Judd   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gary Burnette   Acoustic Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Hinson   Electric Guitar
Paul Scholten   Drums
Dane Bryant   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Doug Kahan   Bass Guitar
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Tim Buppert   Background Vocals
Matt Pearson   Bass Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Julie Reeves   Background Vocals
Trenna Barnes   Background Vocals
Gary "Bud" Smith   Organ,Piano
Mark Hill   Bass Guitar
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Travis Tritt   Engineer
Kix Brooks   Engineer
Tim McGraw   Engineer
Faith Hill   Engineer
Todd Cerney   Engineer
Cledus T. Judd   Arranger,Director,Producer,Adaptation
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Jeff Carter   Adaptation
David Buchanan   Engineer
Phil Vassar   Engineer
Chad Brock   Engineer
Billy Gilman   Engineer
Chuck Pfaff   Engineer
Petr Zavadil   Director
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development

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