By Will Hermes
Updated May 22, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

A sort of male Ani DiFranco (who produces here), Bern is an amphetamine folkie with a provocateur’s wit. Planning an orgy for ”the day they find a cure for AIDS,” paying vaguely incestuous tribute to his big sister, or staring down the rift between black and white culture, he’s so over-the-top he usually lands right in your backyard. His alien-meets-primate explanation of humanity in Fifty Eggs is pretty catchy too. B+