Kidd Kraddick

The Mommy Test

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The Mommy Test is one strange recording, composed of a number of skits that resemble a re-imagined Firesign Theatre featuring a mother, a three-year-old son, and a couple of obnoxious hosts (think radio morning shows). The problems are multiple. The three-year-old is obviously an adult with a strangely reverberated voice who asks lots of embarrassing questions that would only come from an older child. The child -- Poo-Poo -- wants a stripper for his next birthday party, and he even -- amazingly enough -- sings part of "Dust in the Wind." Perhaps this would all be funny to the friends and family of the folks who made it, but too much of The Mommy Test seems repetitious and more irritating than funny. Perhaps it's funny that Dad allows three-year old Poo to watch Old School -- the first time; perhaps it's funny that Poo points out his mom's hypocrisies -- the first time. But a first time on The Mommy Test is always followed by more and more of the same. The best thing that can be said about the album is that if it makes any money, it will be used to take sick children to Disney World.

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