Foot Fetish

by: Jesse James Dupree

Although his band, Jackyl, has issued albums consistently since the early '90s, singer Jesse James Dupree found it necessary to issue a solo album in 2000, Foot Fetish. When a rocker steps out to issue a solo album, it's usually because the tunes in question are a bit of a departure from his longtime band. This is certainly not the case here. Foot Fetish (which contains a very Spinal Tap-esque album cover -- a tribute to Smell the Glove, perhaps?) is chock-full of the same Southern-fried metal boogie that has long been Dupree's trademark. Songs such as the album-opening "Mainline" and "Losing My Mind" would've sounded splendid on Headbanger's Ball circa 1989, while a metallicized cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher" (listed here simply as "Higher") closes the album. Jackyl fans -- as well as fans of '80s hair metal -- are sure to enjoy Dupree's solo debut. ~ Greg Prato

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