Review – Wheeler Walker Jr.’s “Pussy King”

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Every once in a while you get an artist who comes around and completely changes the game. The genre is never the same after their arrival. In 2016 country music got this artist and his name is Wheeler Walker Jr. His debut album Redneck Shit was one of the most memorable albums of the year, landing at #30 on our top albums of 2016 list. It was also one of the raunchiest, most debauchery-filled and most honest albums I’ve heard in recent memory in country music. Thanks to fellow Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson, Dave Cobb produced the debut and of course brought out the best in Wheeler. Now Walker is back with a new single “Pussy King,” the lead from his new upcoming album Ol’ Wheeler set for release on June 2. And as you can see from the title, Wheeler is singing about something he’s quite familiar with from his debut record. The song opens with Wheeler proclaiming, “Wheeler Walker Jr. motherfucker…I’m back.” The instrumentation is decidedly more blues influenced, with the prominent harmonica and rocking guitars. The song also has soulful backing vocals, that gives the song a more powerful sound than any of the songs on his debut record. The song itself is of course about Wheeler having sex with women all over the place in many different ways. There are multiple hilarious lines, including my favorite: “Catholic virgin who thinks anal doesn’t count.” Wheeler’s new single “Pussy King” sees Wheeler stick to this tried and true self, while also elevating his sound. Can’t wait to hear what the album has in-store.

Grade: 8/10

 

Recommend? – Yes (although not for the faint of heart and you probably shouldn’t listen to this at work without headphones)

 

Written by Wheeler Walker Jr.

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8 thoughts on “Review – Wheeler Walker Jr.’s “Pussy King”

  1. I may never be a fan of provocateurs like this, but I’ll give some credit to that backup singer who took this song to delightfully over-the-top territory for me.

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  2. I got a feeling that this shtick is gonna get old real quick. He’s a novelty act, which can work for one album — especially with such high musical quality. But this song just strikes me as pathetic. The musical quality is still quite good, but the lyrics are not in the least bit clever or creative, minus perhaps one or two lines. Nor are the lyrics truly provocative. Repeating a bunch of variations on getting pussy is not provocative; it’s just a bunch of lines about pussy. That’s it. It’s banal and boring.

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    • I’ll admit I’m giving Wheeler benefit of the doubt here, hoping this serves as an introduction to the album much like the title track on the debut, which was similar to this. If much of the album is like this song, I’ll be highly disappointed. As you said this is something that can wear out quickly if he doesn’t keep coming up with new ideas and just keeps rehashing old ones.

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  3. It’s entertaining for what it is and definitely well-produced.

    I do think the song isn’t remotely clever despite several stand-out one-liners, and just seems gimmicky for the sake of being gimmicky much like Fowler’s “Sellout Song” or some of Eric Church’s earlier tough guy posturing.

    But, as a whole, it definitely has a well-rounded quality in its presentation. And it definitely deserves credit for that.

    I’m thinking a Strong 6 to Light 7 for this.

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  4. The lyrics of this song are beyond douch-y. I don’t care that he’s a comedian, it’s not funny or clever. The instrumentation is fine, but I really don’t care when these are the lyrics. If Sam Hunt was singing this, the review would look totally different.

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  5. I liked his first album, but this song is cringe inducing. Either I’m getting old, or this sucks harder than the girl from Cleveland.

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