Matt F. from LE CLAIRE, IA Reviewed on 8/21/2006...
Earnest rock, danceable. Pretty fun stuff.
Too Bad I Can't Give it Zero Stars
Stephen Wakefield | 11/06/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, before I begin, I would like to point out I am a die-hard fan of JCS and have been for some time. It was in a time when the music industry was about to belly up and we were about to have Rap take the crown from good ol' Rock and Roll. Then, I saw Jimmie's Chicken Shack... and I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the sweeping melodies and harsh guitar sounds that I would never be able to label. The band was not only the most entertaining band I had ever seen, but their beats and their riffs and Jimi HaHa's vocals were able to actually MOVE the crowd. And so I eagerly awaited the coming of their 4th (2nd on a major record label) album, anticipating more unearthly rowdiness from beyond. And what do we get? Well, let's see... There's a bit of 311 in there, a bit of, uh, Sugar Ray... oh yeah, definitely some Everclear... Guys, I have two words for you: Sell Out. JCS has totally conformed into just another top 40s band just so they can get radio play. I really hope I'm wrong, but I would've thought JCS to be the last band in it for the money. A word to Jimi- Dude, this can't go on. Well, if you really want to hear what JCS is all about, buy one of their other albums, like "Pushing the Salmonella Envelope" or "2 For 1 Special." Buy this album only if you want a really expensive frisbee. Adios"
Not as good as I had expected...
Rachel Greene | Severn, Maryland | 11/24/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In my excitement over "Do Right," I eagerly purchased this cd, hoping the rest of the tracks would be equally amazing and upbeat. Personally, other than "Lazy Boy Dash," the rest of the tracks are rather slow paced, dull, and repetative. If you liked "Do Right," you would probably be better off finding a single somewhere, or if you're REALLY curious, listen to a friend's cd before spending your money. This cd is definitely not what I'd expected. Though I wouldn't be surprised to hear "Lazy Boy" on the radio soon."
A disappointing commercial effort
Stephen Wakefield | 09/03/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When I heard Jimmie's Chicken Shack's last album, Pushing The Salmanilla Envelope, I was impressed by the band's songwriting and musical ability, thinking they would go on to be the next Tool (not because they are similar in sound, but because they were a rocking nonconformist band willing to push boundaries). Unfortunately, their new album Bring Your Own Stereo seems like it was designed solely for radio play and commercial appeal, a disappointment from one of the few bands that provided light in the current dark age of music.While I won't go far enough to say the music on this album is horrible (or even outright bad), I will say that JCS lost everything that was once distinctive about them and sound like every other band now. The "mutt rock" hybrid has been replaced by a mediocre and homogeneous sound that many bands have done before - granted, JCS does it OK, but a band with their talent should not be conforming just for the sole purpose of selling albums. If you are a fan of Sugar Ray's new album you might like BYOS (there's quite a resemblance there - mediocre ska-pop is quite prevalent on both releases), but those looking for a mind-blowing sound with meaningful lyrics should get PTSE instead, which blows this out of the water. Jimmy McD was 1,000 times the guitar player that Double D is - check it out if you don't believe me."
BYOS is awesome!
Stephen Wakefield | 07/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have just been turned on to Jimmies Chicken Shack and what better way to start than with Bring Your Own Stereo! The bands lyrics and melodies are awesome on it, especially on Waiting For You, I think I've listed to that song about 500 times today! I definitely recommend this CD, I don't buy that many CDs but when I do, it has to be great!"
Great CD - really.
Sarah | western Colorado | 03/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can only name about 3 CDs that I am able to listen to the entire way through - and Bring Your Own Stereo (BYOS) is definately one of them. This band might seem silly, or weird, or boring, or stoner-ish, but when you listen to this CD, you can tell they're so much more. Frankly, I love this CD!I listen to everything from jazz to classical to Coldplay and Fiona Apple. But in the end, this CD is in my player more than any of those. There's just something about this CD... I'm not even sure I can describe it. It puts my feelings and thoughts to words and music. At the same time, it's creative and original (especially the lyrics). BYOS is a great release of emotion and energy; cranking it up all the way and singing the lyrics as loud as I can is some sort of weird therapy.I think it's strange that I like Jimmie's Chicken Shack, but I do. Give them a chance. You probably will, too."