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Force MP Records

Rating: 2/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Remember the part of "This Is Spinal Tap" when they are going over some reviews of their albums, and the review for "Shark Sandwich" was simply the two words, "shit sandwich"? Well, this is kind of like that. Pinkeye D'gekko churn out standard-flare southern rock that sounds like Lynyrd Skynyrd taking a dump on Molly Hatchet. I'm not just being mean... that's really what it sounds like. The first three tracks are titled, respectively, "River Boat Queen", "God Bless You Baby" and "Girls Of Arkansas." Good Lord.

They try their hand at nu-metal (or something...) with the next track, "Queen On Fire," but they can't quite escape southern rock. The vocalist tries to growl his way through the verses, but when chorus kicks in, the country is back. The next track (surprisingly interestingly titled), "Call Me Adolf During War Time" starts off with an industrial-metal beat and the vocals have been robotocised for effect. While it's at least different from the first four tracks, it doesn't really work; it's not believable coming from these guys. It doesn't flow with the rest of the album and feels distinctively out of place. At least it shows that they aren't a one-trick pony.

The next track is called "The Poet," and it's got 80's synthesizers and funk bass (Oh my God, all my dreams have been answered...). The best (worst?) part is the spoken vocals. It's like super white countrified Boyz II Men. YES!

Light female vocals dance around the chorus before the next line, "If Wishes Could Be Love/ Love Love Love." Brilliant. After that, almost anything could be sonic gold, but unfortunately, the next song is not. It's basic southern-pop in the same vein as Cravin' Melon or Sister Hazel, only not as catchy, and (somehow) much more cheesy. After that, there's some more southern-rock bullcrap and I can't listen to any more. Did I mention that one of the songs is called "The Velvet Fizz"?

Anyone who likes southern rock will REALLY, REALLY enjoy this album... They do the talentless redneck thing very well; I bet they have a big following for their live shows which are no doubt energetic and fun, complete with line dancing and the whole bit. I like that they experiment with their sound throughout the album, but it comes off feeling choppy. They do love them girls of Arkansas, though, and I guess that says something.

Reviewed by Stephen Smith
In a recent staff survey Stephen Smith included a picture of his cat, Nikolai, since he said he didn\'t have any of himself.

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