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Artist: MXPX
Album: Pokinatcha
Label: Tooth & Nail
Release: 1994

Web: Tooth & Nail

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When you think of the words Christian punk, two things come to my mind. As for labels, its Tooth & Nail. As far as bands, its MXPX, which blends pop melodies, punk influence, and their love for the man up top.

Pokinatcha is MXPX's first, and most raw album, released all the way back in 1994. This is your basic three chord "I miss you baby" stuff, just in a bit more of an angry tone. The recording is awful, and not the kind of awful that adds to the recording, and makes it sound "cool." This is the kind of awful that makes the vocals, and the music in general incredibly hard to decipher and enjoy.

In general, I don't find this album to be creative by any means. I find Mike, the lead singer's voice, to be quite annoying. Musically wise, things aren't that better. Lyrically, I just don't feel floored by this record. "Would you like some asprin for your bad hair day." No, sorry, I'm just not buying into this. Maybe if you are looking for something simple to listen to, this would be easier for you to accept. Everything seems repetitive, and the songs sound the same! I guess this just isn't for me.

After this release, the band's production improved, but their generic sound did not. However, I must say that I do agree that the band has made progress since their debut album, but I still do not like them. I despised this album so greatly that I sold it to some kid for five bucks.

This just isn't up my alley. I'm sure some of you kids dig it, but I do not. That is my view, and I'm going to stick with it. To be honest, I think this band is a joke. It angers me that they are making piles of money, while bands with actual talent are on the road in their van every night struggling to make it by. The world is unfair kids. This is definitely not for me, but it could be for you. It all depends on your preference, and I guess that's what matters at the end of the day.

*I wrote this review over a year ago. It was so bad, I had to go back and edit a large amount of it. It was pretty amusing.*

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