Jackyl
Jackyl


4.0
excellent

Review

by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
May 24th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If even a third of you is a red blooded male, you will love this record.

One could argue that the all encompassing virtues of “c*ck” rock were mastered by AC/DC. Regardless of how hard Airbourne tries to duplicate the simplistic, riff powered groove of their old school idols, with a few exceptions, they sorely miss the necessary components of competent hard-rock focused songwriting and the ever essential bag of sleaze. In order to effectively replicate the chest-beating snarl of the Australian pioneers, a hard rock act must effectively meld the traditional weaponry of standout riffs, hooks, and catchy choruses with a genuine, unadulterated swagger. In the world of c*ck rock, with apologies to novelty acts like Nashville Pussy, the co-mingling of these essential concepts has not been noticeably achieved in the last twenty years, unless your name is Jackyl.

Jackyl’s self titled 1992 debut is best described as AC/DC in their prime with a bigger set of huevos. After surviving the onslaught of power riffs, gang vocals, thundering grooves, and lyrics that make Buckcherry’s “Crazy Bitch” sound like something out of a children’s book, one could make the argument that Jackyl’s debut is the best AC/DC album since “The Razor’s Edge,” possibly even “Back in Black.” The traditional hard rock elements are in place, but Jackyl does not suffer from the quintessential c*ck rock folly, namely an album with one or two standouts surrounded by a legion of filler. The record is powered throughout by a catchiness that saturated AC/DC’s earliest and finest albums. The differentiating factor with Jackyl is their ability to crank the sleaze factor to its maximum without becoming a strict novelty act. AC/DC may not land on your mother’s wholesome list, but they also never stamped records with lines like “to get to my c*ck she would walk through the flames of hell,” “I love the thought of you coming down on me,” and “she’s got a dirty little mind and she likes it from behind.”

As Jackyl navigates the road to unadulterated sleaze town, the listener cannot help but pump their fists for the ride. Campy platitudes abound, and while filthy tracks like “She Loves My C*ck” (one of the best hard rock songs in the past twenty years) and “Dirty Little Mind” rely heavily on snarl and arrogance, both contain a sense of irresistible catchiness, leading the soundtrack to your favorite frat party or mullet infested State Fair. “Just Like a Devil” and “Redneck Punk” are carried by rolling, thundering grooves, while singles “I Stand Alone,” “Down on Me,” “When Will It Rain,” and “The Lumberjack Song” all borrow the most redeeming aspects of hair metal, throw out the glam aspects, and add an essential component of southern fried filth. The latter track is driven by not a guitar, but a chainsaw solo, a sophomoric yet effective tactic that would ultimately become the band’s signature.

Looking back, Jackyl’s legacy is with little exception focused on the almost universally banned “She Loves My C*ck” and the aforementioned chainsaw toting of crazed frontman Jesse James Dupree. Although these components to their history are essential in understanding and appreciating the bands work, they often overshadow the notion that this effort is one of the strongest hard rock records of the last twenty years. Forgoing the quintessential power ballad and substituting an unrivaled embracement of sleaze, Jackyl at one moment in time laid waste to almost every hair metal/hard rock release in its competition. Had their glorified macho posturing been toned down a bit, they would have had greater commercial success, but that would have subtracted from the legitimacy of the album. Jackyl will never have a discography to match their Australian idols, but they managed to surpass the majority of their efforts on this release.



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BigHans
May 24th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quick write up to a great summer drinking album. And yes, I realize I used the word "c*ck" 6 times in this review.

TheSpirit
May 24th 2010


17987 Comments


lol jackyl

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BigHans
May 24th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You know you love it Spirit.

Inveigh
May 24th 2010


25097 Comments


still haven't heard this, but good review man, i think you epitomized cock rock with your descriptions haha

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

TheSpirit
May 24th 2010


17987 Comments


As a fan of all things cheesy, this is a great album.

BigHans
May 24th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The follow up to this, Push Comes to Shove, was decent, but Jackyl pretty much sucked big time after this record.

Im probably the only one on here old enough to remember, but this album generated alot of buzz when it came out, mostly due to the chainsaw stuff and the PMRC going crazy over She Loves My Cock.

G3N3R1C
May 24th 2010


1945 Comments


*sees a song titled She Likes My Cock*

LOLno. I think i'll pass. :P

BigHans
May 24th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah if that concept revolts you theres little chance you would like this album.

combustion07
May 24th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules

KebertXela
May 24th 2010


367 Comments


dude...you are easily one of my favorite critics on this site.

BigHans
May 25th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, I love this album.



Urinetrouble
May 25th 2010


5764 Comments


iv only know this for chainsaw solos. epic

Ovrot
August 1st 2010


10551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed
Chainsaw solo = Epic

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BigHans
January 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rockers unite

BigHans
May 12th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sonic and Jamie need to hear this

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2011


21409 Comments


Surprised I've never taken the time to listen to these guys, I'm only a few seconds into the first track and I know I'm gonna love it.

BigHans
May 12th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah dude this will be a 4 minimum for you.

Ovrot
May 12th 2011


10551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album loves the cock

BigHans
May 12th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SHE LOVES MY COCK

LOVES MY COCK

LOVES MY COCK

Ovrot
May 12th 2011


10551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

COCK



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