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Dug Pinnick — Emotional Animal
(Magna Carta MAX-9079-2, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

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Dug Pinnick is the voice and bass presence of King’s X. His last two solo recordings under the Poundhound moniker were outlets from the artist’s main gig with his power trio and these fifteen tracks are not totally different in execution or mood. What is essential to focus on his how well Pinnick has refined his ideas into a finished state when compared to other solo artists. With a strong assist from Joy Gaskill on drums the big man bassist is unfettered in defining grooves and riffs that could easily be tapped for trio performance as well. Pieces such as “Beautiful” offer a unique melodic construct over a heavy 4/4 pounding bass that is at the crux of King’s X recorded output. “Zepp” is an obvious nod to the English rock icon with pulsing bass and guitar unisons Pinnick plays himself to great success. And the singer isn’t afraid to change styles dramatically as heard on “Freak the Funk Out,” with Kelly Watson’s scat role on mouth trumpet. A flash application interview is also available as Pinnick shows you some of his gear and relates how he got started in the business and influences such as Sly Stone. Also included are two high energy outtakes: “Saturday” and “Die,” that are good enough to be part of album. In closing, Pinnick does have formative ideas about taking a superstar act on the road and one can only hope it comes to fruition.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

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