Volume 94, Issue 35
Wednesday, November 1, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Jump around for Everlast
Eat At Whitey's
Responding to recent criticism regarding a departure from his musical roots, Everlast is back with an incredible record entitled, Eat At Whitey's.
Born Erik Schrody, Everlast first emerged onto the music scene with House of Pain's hit single, "Jump Around." However, his 1998 solo release, Whitey Ford Sings The Blues, showed little to no common traits with his former band House of Pain.
On his latest album, the Grammy winning team of Carlos Santana and Everlast are reunited. "Babylon Feeling" is a soulful track about heartbreak and sorrow. Despite Santana's impressive guitar talents, this track doesn't quite reach the quality of their previous pairing effort, "Leave Your Lights On," but it doesn't fall too short.
The best song on this album single-handedly makes the CD worth purchasing. "Children's Story" tells the story of a youth who turns to a life of crime and is killed while running from the police. This track is a very unexpected addition. Rahzel, the undisputed beatbox champion of the world, provides the song with, as described in the liner notes, "Human Beatbox, Effects, Human Bassline and All Other Incredible Things."
Eat At Whitey's overwhelms the listener with variety. "Mercy On My Soul" is a classic blues track that might have been recorded 50 years ago on the Louisiana delta, were it not for a reference to Run DMC It is followed by a joint effort with Kurupt on the song "One, Two," which shows Everlast hasn't lost his grasp of rap.
This album is possibly one of the best listens of the year so good in fact, no one should be surprised to see Everlast walk away with another Grammy this year.
With the forming of Black Sabbath came the invention of heavy metal music. The man who created that sound and ruled with an iron fist for decades as metal's premiere guitar god, Tony Iommi, is back in 2000 to show the music world the meaning of history.
Iommi is not a fading icon's bid to keep a once brilliant flame from burning out in an age when rock n' roll creates heroes every 15 minutes. As long as he has a guitar in his hands, Iommi's flame is far from extinguished. Rather, the album is a testament to both Black Sabbath's and Iommi's influence on today's musicians.
On the album, Iommi collaborates with a different musician for every song, in both the writing and performance of each track. Because of this, the album has an eclectic sound that is far more than recycled Sabbath. Iommi features such artists as Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo, Billy Corgan, Ian Astbury, Peter Steele, Billy Idol and of course, Ozzy Osborne. Each of these musicians brings their own sound to the album and alongside Iommi, makes each song challenging and creative, exceeding the limits of their normal tenor.
Iommi is a treat for any heavy metal or Black Sabbath fan. It's also sure to be appreciated by anyone who understands the history of music, where it comes from and where it's going.
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