in Show, the seventh studio album from chainsaw-loving, southern rock
veterans Jackyl, is as refreshingly unpretentious as it is willfully
juvenile, offering up 11 slabs of ribs that are hardly fall-off-the-bone
tender, but still require a bib. Unapologetically lewd and loud, the
Kennesaw, Georgia quartet owe more than a little tip of the hat to
venerable blue collar bar rockers like Ted Nugent, ZZtop, and AC/DC.
Lyrically, it's the latter act's classic sex romp "You Shook Me All
Night Long" that flavors Best in Show's most titillating cuts, a few of
which, like "Encore (It Makes My Bic Dig Her") and "Better Than
Chicken," the latter of which informs the listener (a great number of
times) that the protagonist likes "poontang better chicken," are so
winningly dumb, that it's hard not to want to crack open a Tall Boy and
scream along with them. Other cuts like "Horns Up," "Walk My Mile," and
the ballsy title track sport a dense, homespun sheen that suggests a
lost, good-old-boy weekend that someone miraculously remembered to
record, a notion that is backed up further by the inclusion of a pair of
covers, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show's "Cover of the Rolling Stone"
and Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Tricky," which may have been better off left in
the tool shed. That said, Jesse James Dupree and company know exactly
what their fans want from them, and the words "subtle" and "cerebral"
simply do not apply. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi
album from the multi-platinum selling Hard Rock band. Specialists in
down and dirty blue-collar rock and roll, Jackyl's legacy of its wild,
untamed and uncouth approach to rock 'n' roll is well established. The
band hit the scene in 1990, and immediately began firing off rock radio
hits like "Down On Me," "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone," and most
notably, "The Lumberjack" during which Dupree performs a chain-saw solo.
The introduction of Jackyl's fifth instrument on album and in concert
quickly became one of the band's many trademarks as the group blazed a
path to infamy, sharing the stage with Aerosmith, Kiss, ZZ Top, Ted
Nugent and Damn Yankees and working with industry heavyweights such as
John Kalodner. AC/DC's Brian Johnson would go on to lend his vocals to
the track "Locked And Loaded" which still stands as his only
contribution outside of AC/DC recordings.