"Pineappleskunk" (Metal Blade; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Doug Pinnick's side project, Poundhound, is designed to simply let the music rule the day. With Poundhound's second release, "Pineapple Skunk," a more rock'n'roll approach is employed and less of a rock'n'soul sound.

There's more of a laidback feel on "Pineapple Skunk" than on Poundhound's debut "Massive Grooves." The laidback feel is especially evident on "Oh My Soul" where an invitation to sing and dance lends credence to Poundhound's universal, communal appeal. Tunes like "Jumpin" and "Next In Line" eschew the joy of hard rock and the beauty of letting yourself get into the spirit of the way only music can move you. The funk-factor of "Mind" and the heavy rock/funk of "Next In Line" are sounds that we haven't heard from Doug in a few years and it seems refreshing for him to revisit this style.

The songs are tight and concise - nary a wasted second on fruitless jam sessions. The sixteen tracks of "Pineapple Skunk" provide a wealth of musical gems through their effortless confidence and living-in-the-moment simplicity.

It's fairly obvious fans of King's X will enjoy "Pineappleskunk," but this may have broader appeal even to those who might not like any of King's X material (however, is there anyone that doesn't like King's X once they've heard King's X?). Doug Pinnick's signature home-cookin' is a veritable master chef-like feast of delectable treats. 

"Pineappleskunk" was produced by Doug Pinnick.

Poundhound is Doug Pinnick on vocals, guitars, and bass; Jerry Gaskill plays the drums. 

For more information visit http://www.kingsxonline.com/poundhound.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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