Release Date: April 27, 2004
Reviewed by Jeff Brinn
Jimi HaHa’s back and still easily kicking out his quirky jams only with a whole new slew of musicians this time around. Re.Present brings Jimmie’s Chicken Shack into a much more rock orientated vibe giving the album a more focused feeling then past efforts. Sure the humor and blender mixed variations of diverse music is still prevalent but Jimmie’s Chicken Shack has grown musically into a much more rock driven act. For starters, the first track “Falling Out” features backing vocals from Stainds Aaron Lewis and leans heavily towards a more serious groove then Jimmie’s Chicken Shack have been known for in the past. In whole, Re.Present has a much less comical groove then past efforts of Jimmie Ha Ha’s and easily treads deep into the grunge influences that are so very apparent. This album easily rocks hard with its low-fi production and gritty guitar licks adding that extra punch to Jimmies already memorably catchy vocals. In their career Jimmie’s Chicken Shack has released a few very solid songs but unlike past albums none have ever flowed like Re.Present so easily does. To find an album that keeps the listeners attention from beginning to end is a hard find but when it comes from such an unlikely avenue as Jimmie’s Chicken Shack there might be some hope after all in the struggling rock industry.