Judd

Snarling Mumma Lion

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Judd's sole album -- essentially a project for singer/songwriter Kris Ife -- was an uneven collection of soul-tinged pop/rock tracks, sometimes but not always with a feel akin to Southern blue-eyed soul artists such as Joe South (whose "Hush" Ife had covered on a 1967 single). Ife isn't nearly as strong a singer or writer as South, however, running into some rough ground when he tries to get low'n'growly, and sounding a little overwrought on some of the emotive soul-tinged ballads. Some of the tunes are swamp pop-flavored items with more emphasis on the "pop" than most entries in the genre. Others seem to have more straightforward pop/rock ambitions, like the cover of "Do I Still Figure in Your Life" (previously done by the British group Honeybus); "Daylight," which seems like an obvious attempt to imitate the Righteous Brothers; and "Stronger Than a Man (Can Only Be a Woman)," which Ife has said was written with hopes of getting Tom Jones to cover it. All of the tracks from the album are included on the Ife compilation Hush: The Definitive Collection 1967-1973, which also includes tracks he cut during that period as a solo act and as part of Jackson & Jones.