After a nearly seven-year absence from the recording world (during which time he reunited with the cast of Kids in the Hall for a live tour and wrote and directed the film comedy Dog Park), Bruce McCulloch released the follow-up to his brilliantly funny Shame-Based Man. Drunk Baby Project sees McCulloch once again working with Brian Connelly from Shadowy Man on a Shadowy Planet and Neko Case's band. His other main musical collaborator this time is Craig Northey, who wrote the soundtrack to the Kids in the Hall movie, Brain Candy. They provide a kind of non-descript rock over which McCulloch does his thing. That is, for the most part, absurdist, blackly hilarious monologues. The topics covered are similar to those on Shame-Based Man: sex, booze, and religion. Where Shame-Based Man paid tribute to/parodied the Doors, here it's Bob Seger. Drunk Baby Project isn't nearly as consistently funny as its predecessor, but it has similar high points, particularly on the title track, where McCulloch explores the roots of (his) alcoholism ("my first words were 'da-da'/My second words were 'da-da I'm drunk-drunk'") and the mall-war chronicle of "Clinique Ladies."
AllMusic Review by Jason Nickey