With Even Trolls Have Moms, singer-songwriter Joe Scruggs has honed his sense of humor to the point where he's become a children's stand-up comic. His specialty: rueful-parent humor.
''They Must Have Had Kids'' is an ode to the inventors of such marvels as the mini-van, which Scruggs defines as ''something that's small but long/So we can leave the kids behind but still bring them along.'' ''Nuke It,'' which describes a father's cooking habits, is either horribly sexist or admirably realistic, depending upon your point of view. And ''First Day,'' in which a child starts school and tears are shed, is a great joke disguised as a sappy ballad.
''First Day'' aside, most of Trolls' ballads are weak. This collection's strength is its humor, not its sweetness. Luckily, it has humor to spare. A-