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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jackyl Lumberjack Review

     Jackyl is without a doubt one of the most interesting bands I have come across. From their unique combination of blues, southern rock, and metal, this band certainly has a different sound.  What is also impressive and crazy is how active this band is.  They tour constantly, to the point of having two Guinness World Records.  One for performing 100 concerts in 50 days, and another for performing 21 concerts in a 24 hour period.  Although they debuted in 1992 when their kind of genre was considered dead, the band has since been pretty successful, going to sell 12 million records world wide.  One song that certainly contributed to their rise to fame was The Lumberjack.

     Musically this song is mixed in it's composition.  One thing that stands out is the high raspy voice of Jesse James Dupree.  His voice has good southern rock feel that takes me back to the 70's which was very nice to hear.  Guitar wise, it is a little simple for my liking.  All the guitar players are just simply repeating that simple blues riff with a slight southern rock tone to it.  This hinders the song a little in my opinion.  However, the big standout in this song is the fact that they use a chainsaw as an instrument!!  No where else I have seen, or heard anyone try this, and to Jesse Dupree's credit, he actually makes it sound musical.  He successfully hits the pitches that make it sound decent and pretty entertaining.  

    Lyrically, there is nothing really all that special in the song.  It's basically about seeing a girl and getting turned on and wanting to have sex.  Pretty generic kind of lyrics considering how much music has that kind of lyrical content in the 80's, the 90's, and today.  The way that they are executed musically sounds good and makes the song entertaining.  However, it still doesn't change the fact that the lyrics are generic.

    As far as this song goes, it is really simple compared to a lot of the bands in their genre at the time such as Tesla, Ratt, and Guns N Roses.  However, that doesn't mean that the song should be written off.  For all its simplicity it is still very entertaining.  Jesse Dupree's voice sounds great and the fact that he makes the chainsaw sound musical is very cool.  This is a fun song with a unique instrument in it and if you can get into that I advise you to get this song.  I give this song a 3 out of 5.     

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