Bring Your Own Stereo

Jimmie's Chicken Shack

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Bring Your Own Stereo Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

It could be argued that Jimmie's Chicken Shack's variation of Chili Pepper funk-metal sounds out of date in 1999, but it could be argued just as convincingly that it was out of date on their 1997 major-label debut, too. It just points out that the genre was sort of played-out by the end of the decade. Bring Your Own Stereo, Jimmies' sequel to Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope, pretty much follows through on its successor, delivering an energetic set of party rock. It doesn't push the boundaries much, but it thankfully isn't as outright juvenile as their earlier albums (although this remains quite sophomoric, naturally). In short, it's the kind of album that will please fans, without winning any new ones over.

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