If you read my first article for Drag Adventures you might remember me saying that Jinkx was the first queen I really connected with. Their latest album, ‘The Ginger Snapped’, was released earlier this year. I know, it’s not a recent release but I still really wanted to write about it. I hope you don’t mind!
Jinkx’s previous album, ‘The Inevitable Album’, had a cabaret or jazz bar vibe to it. This record is high energy and features collaborations with Fred Schneider, Lady Rizo, and Amanda Palmer. I’m not going to talk about every single track as there are 12 and we will be here all day if I delve into all. That being said, please enjoy these highlights.
‘The Ginger Snapped’ opens with ‘What’s On’, a fun, up-tempo number with nods to Jinkx’s time on Drag Race. Along this same line is ‘Friends’ – an important reminder to those out there that try and get what they can from a drag queen.
‘She Evil’ featuring Fred Schneider has one of the best concepts on the album. Schneider provides a voice-over, advertising a “new woman doll” that “talks all on her own when you let her out of the box”. I interpret it as a challenge to misogyny and it’s an excellent song to blast in your car, giving evils to gross men as you go.
An ode to chilling out, ‘Cartoons & Vodka’, is probably my favourite track on the album. In fact, I did a cover of it which you can find on my page! Not only is this a great song, but it also has a fab music video that sees Jinkx featured in multiple cartoon worlds.
The beautiful sad ballad award goes to ‘This Town’. It rips your heart out in the best way and Jinkx’s voice just sounds perfect.
Jinkx includes covers of ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’ and ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me’. I will always celebrate a cover where the singer makes the song their own and Jinkx definitely achieved this with both of these songs.
I think the most important track on ‘The Ginger Snapped’ (in my opinion) is ‘Just Me (The Gender Binary Blues)’. It provides an insight into what day to day life is like for someone who is non-binary. It’s educational for those of us who don’t identify as non-binary and probably provides some comfort to those who do. However you identify, you can’t deny that the song is fantastic.
If you haven’t listened to this album already, you absolutely SHOULD. There is no excuse not to. I also highly recommend going to one of Jinkx’s shows if you can. ‘The Vaudevillians’ was one of the best performances I have seen and I have no doubt that her P-Town gigs were just as good. This queen really does continue to go from strength to strength. Not only paving the way in the industry but also openly challenging gender conformity on the way. I challenge you to find something not to love about Jinkx. I can promise you, you won’t find anything.