The comedian's follow-up to his gold LP Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days Rat Own Rat Own Rat Own follows in the same musical parody vein and re-teams him with producer/keyboardist Stu Gardner.The budget seemed to have been upped for this effort because there are strings and full choirs on some tracks. Cosby earns more musical mileage using his previous targets: Barry White's "A Simple Love Affair," and James Brown's "Boogie on Your Face" on the first two singles and the James Brown-ish "What Ya Think 'Bout Lickin' My Chicken." A laid-back cover of Len Barry's "One, Two, Three" has drippy strings, a quasi-classical choral, and a hilarious subject. But he also manages to mold his own identity with "Section #9," "What's in a Slang," and the funky "A Nasty Birthday." On Disco Bill and the previous album, Cosby says that he improvised throughout the album.
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AllMusic Review by Ed Hogan