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Lynch Mob
Smoke This (Koch Records)

By: Jeb Branin

The biggest mistake that George Lynch could have made in the making of this record would have been to have it sound anything at all like his band DOKKEN. This sounds nothing like that. The second biggest mistake Lynch could have made was to make an album that sounds like... well... this one. New breed metal trying to be relevant by mixing elements of hip hop, skate rock, reggae and quasi-R&B but failing miserably on all counts. Every single second of this CD is painful to try and listen to except for the non rap portions of "Relaxin' In The Land Of AZ" which sound like a smooth hard rock ballad. I shouldn't have to elaborate on how pathetic it is to have half of one song that is tolerable on an entire CD. If out of some sort of morbid curiosity you want to hear a band take the very worst and most trite elements of half a dozen different musical genres and roll them all into one pseudo-rap mixture in a painfully transparent attempt to be appealing to the MTV masses then this CD is worth finding in a $.99 discount bin and using a half-off coupon on. Other than that you can feel comfortable in picking this off the shelf at the local CD store; looking at it; laughing very, very hard; and then putting it back down in the sure knowledge that just about anything else you buy is going to be a better use of your money.
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