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Album Review

Talented Texas rock trio King's X is a vastly overlooked band except for as musicians, but one thing is certain — they need all three of their musicians to function at full capacity. Upon their 1997 Best Of CD, guitarist Ty Tabor's 1998 solo debut, Moonflower Lane, and bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick's band, Poundhound's Massive Grooves CD that same year, the rumor was that King's X was finished after a 12-year recording career. But Moonflower Lane missed Pinnick's soulful vocals as much as Massive Grooves lacked Tabor's fiery guitar playing, so the trio's 1998 Tape Head CD signaled a truce. Yet Pinnick still seems to think that his voice isn't heard enough even though he's the King's X frontman, as evidenced by Poundhound's 2001 Pineappleskunk sophomore release. Again recording with King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill, Pinnick crafts a 16-step program in disappointment, otherwise "written, arranged, recorded, mixed, produced and performed by Doug Pinnick." Pinnick opens the introductory track "Somedays" with the line "Now I'm on my own/I took a break for heaven's sake," the first of the many trite lyrical excursions that he avoids with King's X. "If people could stop sucking, the world could be a better place" dooms "Next in Line," and Pinnick's guitar playing — no match for Tabor's, or even his own creatively effect-laden bass tones and soaring voice — thwarts nearly every tune. With whammy-bar dives and pick scratches reminiscent of a second-rate Joe Satriani, Pinnick reduces "Mind" and "Atlanta" to "music minus one" variations of King's X. Unfortunately, that "one" is Tabor, an under-heard yet extraordinary blend of Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. Pinnick also puts the spotlight too much on himself by overdubbing all his own vocal harmonies, rather than allowing Gaskill — one-third of the most choir-like band in rock — to do anything but play drums. Glimmers of R&B ("Jumpin") and strutting metal ("Eventime") keep Pineappleskunk off the respirator, but for Pinnick's best work from this time frame, refer to King's X's 2000 CD, Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous.

Customer Reviews

Well the official review is a bit harsh, now isn't it?

That's not to say that it's totally wrong; this is certainly not Doug (or Dug as he's now spelling it) at his best, but I wouldn't critique this album as harshly as the official review. Let's face it - if you're reading this review, you're probably a die-hard King's X fan (whether new or old), and you're aching for more music from these guys. This album will certainly interest you if King's X is one of your favorites, more so if the reason you like King's X is Doug. Doug's side projects are much more reminiscent of King's X than Ty's. Personally, I like Ty's side projects much more (his Platypus and Jelly Jam releases are particularly fantastic), but Doug's Poundhound records are good for the devoted King's X followers. Pineappleskunk is more dissonant (and maybe heavier) than your average King's X record, but it just doesn't grab you as much. Doug is no slouch on guitar, and we know that he can write some good songs. I'm not going to say that these songs are the rejects from King's X records, because it's obvious that he's going for something different here. It shows a good amount of creativity, but it just doesn't have that special quality that King's X has. I do prefer this over the first Poundhound record. I'll sum this up to say that if you like King's X, you'll probably enjoy this as well.

Burnt offering

That's kind of the way I look at this offering from Dug. It's not as bad as the official review makes it out to be however. It's still got the funk and groove like the first Poundhound, but I do agree that he should have enlisted some other voices for the back ups. Much heavier than the first Poundhound for sure, but not as clean and as well planned I think as his Strum Sum Up effort. Overall, I'd say if you like X and some of the other work of Dug, this one will grow on you. Kind of like Emotional Animal has to do.

Its Dug, not King's X

I don't care for the offical review. You shouldn't compare this to King's X. I think this album is 100% Dug in feel. Just nasty grooves all over the place. If you listen to his solo work you get the same feel with some exception to Strum Sum Up, which sounds more put together.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In addition to his duties as bassist/singer for King's X, Doug Pinnick is a member of two side projects, Supershine and Poundhound. The latter is essentially a Pinnick solo band (he handles all the vocal, guitar, bass, and production duties, while Jerry Gaskill of King's X helps out with drums), and has issued a pair of albums thus far on the Metal Blade label: 1998's Massive Grooves From the Electric Church of Psychofunkadelic Grungelism Rock Music and 2001's Pineappleskunk. Poundhound's music is...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jun 05, 2001

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