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RECORDS
Continued from page 14
catchy pop-rock and three-part har-
monies, they've been called the "metal
Beatles." The combination of the
amazingly heavy, yet melodic, riffs
and the gospel-influenced vocals of
Doug Pinnick create an interesting,
original sound. What most people
hear, however, is pop-metal, a dead
genre by most listener's standards.
"Dogman" is intended to be a
stripped-down, straight-forward ver-
sion of King's X. For their fifth al-
bum, they've a hired a new producer,
Brendan O'Brien (Stone Temple Pi-
lots, Pearl Jam), in an attempt to make
a more earthy album and avoid the
sterility that plagued the band's ear-
lier releases. Their problem, however,
is not production - it's the public's
disinterest in the band's unique sound.
"Dogman" is an excellent release, but
it is not a far stretch from the material
on their last two records.
There are a number of fine songs
on the album. The title track displays
their talent for mixing choppy riffing
and harmonized vocals. "Black the
Sky" could start a mosh pit if the
melodic vocals didn't dominate the
music. "Don't Care" has a deceiv-
ingly complicated riff cycle that spans
16 beats. There are also two fast tunes,
"Go to Hell" and "Human Behavior,"
which are welcome departures from
the slow-tempos found throughout the
album. The only low points on
"Dogman" are the four ballads which
are worthy of the pop-metal label
bestowed upon the band.
- Even though these are not the best
songs King's X has ever written, this
is probably the most consistent album
that the band has released. First-tim-
ers may enjoy "Dogman," but it prob-
ably won't sway those who have al-
ready formed an opinion.
- Gianluca Montalti
r
Galliano
What Colour Our Flag
Talkin' Loud/Mercury
British rapper/poet Galliano leads
some instrumentalists, vocalists and
other thoughtful folks to a new brand

of funk with its foot in the soulful
past. Talkin' Loud, the ground break-
ing label just beginning to market in
the U.S., claims that Galliano (aka
Red Zinger) is "the original Acid Jazz
act," and have released a compilation
of Galliano's two British albums.
The album is a couple of ladies
and fellas who were sittin' around
thinking about some serious politics,
when they came to the sudden real-
ization that they liked jazz, funk and
rap and that they could make an extra
fat album.
Head lyricist Red Zinger, sounds
a bit pretentious at times, partly be-
cause he has a heavy British accent
and partly because so many of the
lyrics have a reflective, snooty feel.
But the lyrics are really no joke, they
are intelligent, catchy and ... deep: "I
believe in the spirit of man, woman /
I use this belief to help me overstand
/ Skin is race and culture ideology /
Difference in thought: small biology."
Beyond all the lyrics, there are
some straight-up fat basslines, beats
and riffs. The songs with vocals put
American R&B to shame, and the
fresh slow flow bass lines in the songs
which feature Zinger's lyrics put the
old tired George Clinton samples of
American rap to rest.
It sounds like the'70s at times, but
one soon realizes it's just great soul
music.
Oh yeah soul, that word we nearly
lost from our vocabulary. Soul that
has been slowly squeezed out the
American music scene, but has re-
turned with the British groovers who
still remember how to turn it out.
- Dustin Howes
Spice One
187 He Wrote
Jive / RCA
Starting with an acknowledgement
that people have accused him of be-
ing a studio gangster, Spice One is out
to prove that he does not just say he is
a killer, but he actually is a killer. Of
course all he can do is say it on the
album; and is it really better to be a
killer then just say you're a killer?
Regardless, "187 He Wrote" has
incredible samples on a number of
tracks, incredible lyrical flow which
far outstrips his last album, incredible

Galliano recaptures the essence and meaning of the word "soul." This stuff is pretty damn deep.
original funk and free style piano, cans - his own race - especially) appearence, the former being a live song. Overall? Can't tell you to sup-
incredibly corny synthesizers on a with touches of reflective music and slow flow funk groove but the latter port this by buying it, but can't tell ya
couple tracks and incredible hate for lyrics here and there. being a weaker attempt to incorporate ta leave it alone either.
people (women and African Ameri- Boss and MC Eiht each make an a synthesized acoustic bass into a - Dustin Howes

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