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Ray Stevens

Hum It – 1997 (MCA)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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CDs by Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens is at his best when he follows his deranged muse as far off the wall as she'll take him. Standouts include "Mama Sang Bass," the tale of a man who works in a birth control factory and his wife who makes steroids, as well as "Too Drunk to Fish" and "She Loves Elvis Better Than Me," which are probably self-explanatory. (Although once you get on Ray's wavelength they're all standouts.) Stevens has such a reputation as a trickster that even when he plays it semi-straight as on "It Ain't Over Till It's Over," a perfectly servicable country song, you keep waiting for the wink and the nudge.