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Pinkeye D'Gekko

"Rhythm & Western" CD

Force MP Entertainment

Genres: country rock, country

Sep 8 - 14 2003

With Rhythm & Western, Pinkeye D'Gekko bring you thirteen tracks of country-painted rock music. Some tunes are more rock than country, some tracks vice versa; it's all solid and well-done - both in songwriting and performance, but there's nothing on this disc that you haven't heard before.

"(Theme from) The Working Poor" is a rockabilly number, characteristic of PD'G's style, while "Inside Job" is a slow, Nashville-tinged ballad of sorts. "Country Hair," on the other hand, is pure country, slide guitar and all. It's all variations on one theme, Western music, and the limited variety is just enough to keep the average listener interested throughout. The best moment is probably Dylan cover "Most of the Time," which starts off on a slight Byrds vibe but then slips into a nice, infectious groove. The saxophone-injected "Kindness?" is another strong tune.

If country music is your game, and you like it in all forms, Pinkeye D'Gekko's Rhythm & Western should perhaps find its way onto your to-buy list. Otherwise, you'll want to pass this one by.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2002]