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Emotional Animal

Dug Pinnick

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Album Review

On his first two solo outings, 1998's Massive Grooves From the Electric Church of Psychofunkadelic Grungelism Rock Music and 2001's Pineappleskunk, King's X leader Doug Pinnick pulled a bit of a blunder. No, the error wasn't anything musical, but rather, in the marketing: both releases were credited to the alias "Poundhound" rather than Pinnick's real name, resulting in only hardcore King's X fans knowing about the releases. For his third solo outing, 2005's Emotional Animal, the bassist-turned-guitarist has opted to finally go by Doug Pinnick. Like your average King's X release, most of the songs on Emotional Animal can be categorized either as up-tempo rockers ("Crashing," "Mr. Hateyourself") or slower, more reflective tunes ("Change"). One of the best songs, "Zepp," is obviously patterned after Led Zeppelin, as you've probably guessed from the title alone. Interestingly though, Zeppelin rarely bubbled to the surface in the varied and rich sounds of King's X (who over the years have touched upon similar styles by everyone from Queen to Sly Stone). Other detours include the gospel sounds of "Equal Rights" and the bare-boned "When You Gonna Come." In addition to his seemingly non-stop touring schedule with King's X, Doug Pinnick has plenty of leftovers, which provide worthwhile material, as evidenced by Emotional Animal.

Customer Reviews


When one of the worlds best singers happens to be one of the worlds best bassists, and then you throw in great song-writing, from somewhere deep in the soul, you get a masterpiece. Take it for about five good spins and let it grow on you, and you'll soon experience the magic of mature song-crafting and brilliance.

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Although I am a fan of Duggie's work, this one takes a bit to grow on you. He is more focused than in his Poundhound outings, but the overall compass isn't quite pointing north on all the songs. Crashing is good and I enjoy Freak the Funk Out and Mr. Hateyourself. I think that he's a good guitarist, but if you've heard the Supershine and The Mob collections ... you'll see what a great guitarist can add to his work. A solid work.


The song 'beautiful' is all i can say. Ive never felt such feelings from a song, that was not pinnicks music that was his exact emotions and ive never heard anything so beautiful.

Emotional Animal, Dug Pinnick
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