• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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  • Zakk Wylde - BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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BEST IN SHOW

Jackyl is just one of those bands that you pretty much have to love, aren't they? They really haven't done a damn thing different in 20 years. There's not a note of music on the latest album, BEST IN SHOW, that wouldn't have fit perfectly on their debut album...or any of the other ones for that matter. In short, Jackyl have had a nice career being the poor man's, southern fried version of AC/DC. Some may find that to be insulting, but my bet is that if this review finds it's way to Jesse James Dupree, he'll just smile, snicker and go, "fuck yeah. He gets it."

I don't know how much there is to write about the new Jackyl release, BEST IN SHOW. It's a straight up, shitkicker rock record with all the sex and rock and roll you can ask for. There are a few twists, but ultimately, if you liked Jackyl before, there's nothing here to push you away...well, almost nothing, but we'll get to that in a bit. Songs like "Encore" have a little bit of variation from the "turn it up until the floor shakes" attitude this band is most known for. That said though, vocalist Dupree shrieks his ass off as he always does, and rocks it as hard as ever. "Encore" is a blatant sexual exploitive tune that finds Jackyl doing what they do best.

While most of the disc is some straight up rock n' roll madness, there's one moment where Jesse and company have to be questioned. Their cover version of Run DMC's "It's Tricky" is truly a disaster. I get the idea - it worked for Aerosmith to do a song with Run DMC. It's not going to do anything for the Jackyl here. This song it terrible, with Jesse's background screams coming off as just plain annoying instead of being remotely entertaining. That said though, the rest of the disc is solid, so it's acceptable to have one horrible tune in there.

PITRIFF RATING - 80/100 - Jackyl is never one of those bands that does brilliant work, but they are entertaining and you get pretty much what you are expecting every time out. Sure, "It's Tricky" is terrible, but the rest of the disc is the normal level of solid you expect from Jackyl. Is it truly the best in show? Not really, but it's solid as a rock. That's really all you ever expect from them anyway.

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