|Cledus Navidad - Cledus T. Judd|
Reviewed by Matt Bjorke
Every fall there are a number of country music artists who record Christmas albums. What's been missing from the country scene is a humor filled country album to keep everything from being so serious.
Enter In Cledus T. Judd. Cledus has gone from country music parody artist to someone who's still mainly a parody artist yet likes to write his own humorous tunes. After two recent albums on Monument Records, Cledus recorded Cledus Navidad as a way to inject some humor for country radio to play.
The ten tracks include a few "originals" a couple parodies and even adventurous remakes.
The opening track is the new "Cledus Country Ball." With this song Cledus is singing/talking about inviting all of Nashville to his "Christmas ball." There's plenty of name drops like "Montgomery Gentry spiked the punch." And "Willie Nelson's homemade brownies brought us all a cheer," to "Garth retired again. Don't worry he'll be back next year."
"Hazel's Homemade Hallelujah Punch" is a hilarious two stepper about a "special punch" made for the church by Hazel. While it's not supposed to be alcoholic, the punch is stored for months and ferments thus creating an "alcoholic" punch. This is a song that is "classic" Cledus T. Judd.
"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" is a remake of the Elmo and Patsy comical Christmas hit. Here Cledus makes the choruses sound like a "heavy metal" rock song while the versus are full of down home country fiddle and bass.
"Don't Serve Beans" is a cute song sung like Cledus is singing in front of a "holy roller" group with his "Out of Sync" band. They start singing "Star of Wonder" only to change it to "Don't Serve Beans." The song is sung a capella style and is made to sound like a hymn.
"Santa Claus Is Watching You" is a remake of the Ray Stevens holiday classic. It's as humorous as Ray's original is but with a different sound to it. The song is about Santa being the "secret head of the CIA" and thus "he's everywhere."
The final track is the goofy parody of "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" performed as a pseudo rap song called "All I Want For Christmas Is Two Gold Front Teef." Cledus is says he'd "Be a G with two front teeth." While most people country fans wont understand the name drops Cledus talks about here, this track is still worth listening to.
With ten comic holiday tunes, Cledus T. Judd is sure to put a little humor in the hardest of hearts after they hear Cledus Navidad.
- Cledus' Christmas Ball
- Stephon The Alternative Lifestyle Reindeer
- Hazel's Homemade Hallelujah Punch
- Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
- Only 364 More Shopping Days 'Til Christmas
- Trees On Fire
- Don't Serve Beans
- Merry Christmas From The Whole Fam Damily
- Santa Claus Is Watching You
- All I Want For Christmas Is To Gold Front Teef
Cover graphic courtesy of Sony Nashville.
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